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ALMEIDA, Eliana Gomes da Silva; VILLACHAN-LYRA, Pompéia  e  HAZIN, Izabel. Tourette Syndrome neuropsychological profile: a study case. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.1, pp. 168-181. ISSN 1808-4281.

This article discusses findings resulting from the neuro-psychological assessment of an adolescent with Tourette Syndrome (TS), a rare neuro-developmental disorder characterized by the manifestation of physical and/or audible tics that emerge in childhood or early adolescence. Although we performed an extensive assessment of all cognitive functions, our reported findings focus on those functions that are described in prior research as relevant to the understanding of the cognitive profile of patients with this condition. The findings reported here are consistent with other reports and suggest that intellectual and long-term memory potentials are preserved, while noting deficiencies in executive functioning, reduced speed of mental and psycho-motor functions, and decreased recent memory capacity. Given the rarity of this diagnosis, our reporting of this case should contribute to the understanding of cognitive function in adolescents with TS. In addition, this article highlights and describes factors that affect the quality of neuropsychological assessment and facilitate accurate therapeutical diagnosis and referral for TS carriers.

Palavras-chave : neuropsychology; neuro-assessment; cognitive; Tourette's syndrome.

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