PANDAS stands for ‘Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections’.
The common term you are most familiar with for the Streptococcal infection is Strep throat. The child’s brain result in a misdirected autoimmune response which
start to attack brain cells. This attack then triggers an inflammation in the brain.
PANDAS is not currently classified as encephalitis, but it is known as an Encephalitic-like Sudden Onset in acute case.
Although various experts may vary on PANDAS statistics, the PANDAS network states that children who have experienced PANDAS are approximately 1 in every 200. The average age of onset is between 4 and 7 years old. One thing all experts agree on is that the normal functioning child disappears while PANDAS is active.
PANDAS Symptoms Observed:
A PANDAS child can become near catatonic and ultimately home bound. Others will be able to function in school, but fall apart for hours on end once they are home.
Symptoms tend to increase during an active infectious process.
All symptoms are a direct barometer of a child’s brain dysfunction.