Could an Infection Cause Tourette’s-Like Symptoms in Teenage Girls?

This article is by far the best I have seen to date on PANS (formerly known as PANDAS-PITAND).  Dr. Jenike is also chairman of IOCDF (International OCD Foundation) Scientific Advisory Board as well as a member of its board of directors.  Dr. Jenike has been deeply involved in OCD care for decades.  One of his most significant quotes (and it’s difficult to chose as there are many) from this interview is the following:

“I used to think it was very rare, too. I’ve work on OCD my whole career, and I couldn’t figure out why no one could pin down what was going on with these kids who had had strep. Then the parents got me involved, and I learned a lot more. I now think PANS is extremely common—way, way more common than we thought. I get e-mails from parents every day whose kids have it.”

Symptoms include more than OCD and movement disorders.  Please see PANDAS-PITAND Awareness & Research Support for additional information and click Research and How to Help to find out how to help.


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