Teenage Tourrette's Outbreak?

School-district officials in northwestern New York State are puzzled by a spate of high school students reporting symptoms of the neuropsychiatric disorder.

By | February 20, 2012

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In May 2011, students at LeRoy Central School District in northwestern New York State started exhibiting tics, spasms and nonsense speech. Some even claimed to  suffer blackouts and seizures. A total of 19 students from various grades and classes have reported symptoms. After searching for potential infectious causes, the school district last week approved further environmental tests, according to Nature.

New York State Health Department investigators have ruled out some environmental factors and infectious agents, including Streptococcus, which can cause a tic-like syndrome called PANDAS or PANS for Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome.

Although investigators found no contaminants in the air or water within the school, the building is located some 5 kilometers from the site of a 1970 chemical spill that released "cyanide crystals" and trichloroethene (TCE) into the surrounding area, and some worry that this could be affecting the students. Though TCE has been linked to conditions such as cancer, liver damage, nausea, as well as increased risk of Parkinson's, the development of tics is not listed among the observed symptoms of TCE exposure. TCE levels were not elevated in the school water.

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Avatar of: Sean F. Kennedy

Sean F. Kennedy

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February 20, 2012

Or maybe they are faking it.

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February 20, 2012

Or maybe they are faking it.

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February 21, 2012

Absolutely!

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February 21, 2012

One might wonder whether there has been a change in the cafeteria food ? A possible lack of choline from lack of consumption of omega-3 plant based pufa ?
They have shown the alpha7 nAChR agonist nicotine to substantially reduce tourettes syndrome.
"Nicotine patches may help patients with Tourette's sydrome control some of the involuntary movements that plague patients."

"Efficacy of alpha7 nAChR agonists across a range of cognitive processes ranging from pre-attentive to attentive states and working and recognition memory provides a solid basis for their pro-cognitive effects""Acetylcholine, nicotine, and choline were effective" 

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February 21, 2012

~ Conversion disorder ~

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molecularman

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February 21, 2012

Absolutely!

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February 21, 2012

One might wonder whether there has been a change in the cafeteria food ? A possible lack of choline from lack of consumption of omega-3 plant based pufa ?
They have shown the alpha7 nAChR agonist nicotine to substantially reduce tourettes syndrome.
"Nicotine patches may help patients with Tourette's sydrome control some of the involuntary movements that plague patients."

"Efficacy of alpha7 nAChR agonists across a range of cognitive processes ranging from pre-attentive to attentive states and working and recognition memory provides a solid basis for their pro-cognitive effects""Acetylcholine, nicotine, and choline were effective" 

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February 21, 2012

~ Conversion disorder ~

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iiinsight

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February 23, 2012

Consider toxoplasmosis or other infection associated cerebral disorder. Toxoplasma gondii vectored by cats and rats causes documented cerebral changes including increased risk of schizophrenia. This kind of outbreak sounds environmentally mediated.

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February 23, 2012

Consider toxoplasmosis or other infection associated cerebral disorder. Toxoplasma gondii vectored by cats and rats causes documented cerebral changes including increased risk of schizophrenia. This kind of outbreak sounds environmentally mediated.

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February 24, 2012

The diagnosis of 'conversion disorder' and malingering (e.g. 'faking it') are catch all diagnoses when no
clear explanation can be found. However, absence of evidence is not
evidence of absence. It could simply mean that we lack the tools or
knowledge to understand the true cause of the problem.  Just because its onset is rapid and uncommon does not mean its psychological.  Neuroinflammation is difficult to diagnose, but is likely involved in many neurological and psychological illnesses.  A more constructive diagnosis
would be to admit that there is an "absence of evidence", treat their
symptoms and keep them as comfortable as possible until their nervous
system repairs itself. And, in the mean time, to keep looking for a
cause, which must be there somewhere.
 

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Vincent

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February 24, 2012

The diagnosis of 'conversion disorder' and malingering (e.g. 'faking it') are catch all diagnoses when no
clear explanation can be found. However, absence of evidence is not
evidence of absence. It could simply mean that we lack the tools or
knowledge to understand the true cause of the problem.  Just because its onset is rapid and uncommon does not mean its psychological.  Neuroinflammation is difficult to diagnose, but is likely involved in many neurological and psychological illnesses.  A more constructive diagnosis
would be to admit that there is an "absence of evidence", treat their
symptoms and keep them as comfortable as possible until their nervous
system repairs itself. And, in the mean time, to keep looking for a
cause, which must be there somewhere.
 

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