What To Know About PANDAS

Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) is a relatively rare but complex condition that can affect children, typically between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. PANDAS is characterized by sudden and dramatic onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and/or tics, following a streptococcal infection. It’s important that you understand this condition so that you can provide your child with the care and support that they need. Dr. Lisa Rankin and Dr. Melissa Singer at Coastal Integrative Medicine in Stuart, FL, can explain what PANDAS is and what you may need to know about it.

Understanding PANDAS

PANDAS is believed to result from an abnormal immune response triggered by streptococcal infections, such as strep throat or scarlet fever. In susceptible individuals, the body's immune system mistakenly targets and attacks brain tissues, leading to inflammation and dysfunction in areas of the brain responsible for regulating behavior and movement. If your child is dealing with PANDAS, it’s crucial to get care from their doctor in Stuart, FL.

It’s important to be able to identify common symptoms that could be associated with PANDAS so that your child can get care as soon as possible. The common symptoms of PANDAS include:

  • Rapid onset or worsening of obsessive-compulsive behaviors (OCD)
  • Sudden development or exacerbation of motor or vocal tics
  • Behavioral changes, such as irritability, anxiety, mood swings, or emotional lability
  • Cognitive difficulties, including difficulties with attention, concentration, and memory

Treatment for PANDAS typically involves addressing the underlying streptococcal infection and managing symptoms. This could include using methods like:

  • Antibiotics
  • Immunomodulatory therapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Managing symptoms with SSRIs or antipsychotics

Contact Our Doctor Today

Make sure you understand what PANDAS is and how it can affect your child. Contact Dr. Lisa Rankin and Dr. Melissa Singer at Coastal Integrative Medicine in Stuart, FL, to learn more about PANDAS and how it should be treated. Call for more information and to schedule your appointment today at (877) 565-6293.

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