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Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS) is a term used to describe what happens with some children who have symptoms of certain disorders that get worse following infections such as strep throat or scarlet fever. The disorders whose symptoms get worse include obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and tic disorders such as Tourette's disorder.
PANDAS may trigger symptoms of OCD or tics, or it may make them get suddenly worse. Other symptoms may include:
Treatments for children with PANDAS are the same as used for symptoms of OCD or tic disorders. This includes cognitive-behavioral therapy or medicines or a combination of both. Treatment may also include immunotherapy like IVIG or plasma exchange. Immunotherapy is a treatment that uses the body's own immune system to treat an illness. You and your doctor can decide which treatments are best for your child.
Last Revised: July 22, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
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