Throat infection Tourette’s link
There is growing evidence that a common childhood throat infection increases the risk of neurological disorders such as Tourette’s syndrome.
Scientists found children with such disorders were twice as likely to have had recent streptococcal infections than their healthy peers.
Researchers at Seattle’s Center for Health Studies suggest the body’s response to the infection may be key.
But they tell the journal Pediatrics that it is just one potential trigger.
We’ve found more tantalising clues about possible connections between childhood infections and certain disorders
Dr Robert Davis, lead researcher
OCD is more commonly associated with adults, but the researchers say it affects around 1 to 2% of school-age children – and transient tics can affect 10 to 25% of primary school age children.