Another Diagnosis For Tourette Like Symptoms In Le Roy Teens

February 7, 2012 Updated Feb 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM EDT

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February 7, 2012 Updated Feb 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM EDT

Le Roy, N.Y. (WKBW ) – After months of testing and speculation, another doctor has come up with a reason for strange Tourette-like symptoms in Le Roy, NY teenagers.

Doctor Rosario Trifiletti said six out of the nine teenagers he tested have what is called Pediatric Acute Neuropsychiatric Syndrome or PANS, formally known as PANDIS. Trifilettii made his announcement on the Dr. Drew Show on cable network HLN. He said the teens tested positive for either Streptococcus or Mycoplasm, which trigger PANS Syndrome.

This is just one theory doctors have come up with to explain these unique symptoms. Another doctor announced Monday that the cause may be social networking sites. He said the teens go on sites including Facebook and YouTube and see video uploaded by sufferers. They then subconsciously mimic the symptoms.

“Usually just a visual contact, which allows one person to be deceived by another and then to be exhibiting the same behavior. Nowadays, I think there is great potential for this to happen with video uploads,” Dr. David Lichter with the University at Buffalo said.

Other doctors said that the teens are suffering from Conversion Disorder, which is caused by emotional stress. Concerned residents worry that the environment is to blame after one group uncovered a train derailment in the 1970’s that spilled loads of chemicals into the ground just miles from the school. Department of Health tests show that is not the case.

Three more girls showed symptoms in the passed few days bringing the total to 18 teenagers suffering from this disorder. Most of the teens are females with the exception of one teenage boy. There is also a 37-year-old woman also exhibiting the same symptoms in Le Roy.