PANs/PANDAS

Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome/Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections

Quick Facts

Statistics

  • It is estimated that 1 in every 200 children in the US may have PANDAS/PANS

  • Based on data from 700 cases, 69% of patients diagnosed with PANDAS/PANS were 4-9 years old

Causes

  • Autoimmune antibodies mistakenly attack brain (basal ganglia) to fight other infection or from a vaccine (strep throat, H1N1, ​​mono, lyme, & more)

Symptoms

  • Dramatic, overnight onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms

    • OCD symptoms​

    • Acute handwriting difficulty

    • Frequent urination

    • Separation anxiety

    • Tics & abnormal motor movements

    • Disordered eating or food restriction

Treatments

  • Antibiotics: used to treat any active infections, which caused the PANS/PANDAS​​

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    • Exposure Response Prevention (ERP): treatment plan for OCD​

  • Medications
    • Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors (SRIs)​: used to treat severe symptoms

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