What is PANS/PANDAS and Why Should You Care?



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PANS/PANDAS Infographic

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What is PANS/PANDAS and Why Should You Care?

Picture this—one moment, you have a healthy, carefree child. Then, overnight, your child becomes a different person. Now they’re moody, anxious, aggressive, compulsively obsessing over trivial things, or restricting their eating.

If this sounds familiar, your child may have Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) or Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Disease (PANDAS).

This graphic, sponsored by the PACE Foundation, shares six important facts you should know about PANS/PANDAS, and illustrates how your individual or corporate donations could help cure these autoimmune disorders.

PANS/PANDAS: An Overview

PANS and PANDAS are types of Children’s Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (CPAE), which is when your immune system stops functioning properly and starts attacking healthy cells in your body.

These particular autoimmune disorders are triggered by an infection such as strep throat or other streptococcal infections. Below, we’ll dive into six important things to know if you think your child is suffering from either of these autoimmune disorders.

FACT #1

PANS/PANDAS is a pediatric disorder

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), PANS/PANDAS is considered a pediatric disorder because it’s most commonly found in children from age three to puberty.

While occurrences in teenagers and adults are possible, they’re extremely rare based on current research. Children that develop PANS/PANDAS are believed to be genetically susceptible to it.

FACT #2

PANS/PANDAS is a clinical diagnosis

PANS/PANDAs cannot be detected in a lab (Read more...)