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Sudden OCD in kids? Culprit may be strep throat, other infections

PANDAS — or Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections — is the unusual diagnosis given to a group of children who abruptly develop Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or tic disorders such as Tourette’s Syndrome – but only after contracting infections such as scarlet fever or strep throat caused by Group A streptococcus bacteria.

“Parents describe it as a ‘possession’ or an ‘explosion’ of symptoms,” said Dr. Susan Swedo, a leading PANDAS expert and senior investigator in neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health.

via TODAY Health – Sudden OCD in kids? Culprit may be strep throat, other infections.

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