And not the cute variety
July 21, 2018 8:11 PM   Subscribe

The most typical presentation of Strep Throat is a combination of fever and sore throat, the latter appearing bright red and inflamed on examination. After a short course of an antibiotic like penicillin, the vast majority of kids are back to good health in no time. For an unlucky few, however, strep might cause something else—the opening act of a much more serious condition that attacks not the throat but the mind: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated With Streptococcal Infections, or PANDAS.

The hallmark trait for PANDAS is sudden acute and debilitating onset of intense anxiety and mood lability accompanied by Obsessive Compulsive-like issues and/or Tics in association with a streptococcal-A (GABHS) infection that has occurred immediately prior to the symptoms. In some instances, the onset will be 4 to 6 months after a strep infection because the antibiotics did not fully eradicate the bacteria. Many pediatricians do not know the latent variability of strep – Rheumatologists and Streptococcal Experts do.
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