Neuro-autoimmune Dysfunction in kids
Children and adults alike can have neuroautoimmune dysfunction, where the immune system is out of balance so much as to it starts attacking the body and does not know it, in this case, the brain. The most common diagnoses of neuroautoimmune dysfunction in children arePANDAS/PANS.
PANDAS is an acronym for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal infection. It is an autoimmune condition that is initially triggered by multiple strep infections, which disrupts a child’s normal neurologic activity.
PANS is an acronym for Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, which is associated with a variety of different infections, whereas PANDAS is a disorder associated with only streptococcal infections—specifically group A strep. Although the etiology for PANS is different from PANDAS the symptom presentation is nearly identical.
Often times PANDAS/PANS are misdiagnosed at other clinical psychiatric disorders and are treated as such with no success. This is because the underlying cause of PANDAS/PANS is not addressed with the use of any antipsychotics.
Clinical history of most patients reveal that children with PANDAS/PANS, or the potential to have these diagnoses include but are not limited too the following factors: Rounds of antibiotics, tubes in ears from ear infections, lack of breast feeding, diet primarily consisting of GMO foods, missed neurological milestones as an infant, and signs and symptoms of candida overgrowth.
Symptoms of PANDAS/PANS include but are not limited too sleep disturbances, urinary problems, vocal and motor tics, inability to concentrate, impulsivity, behavioral regression, personality changes, obsessions and excessive inappropriate worrying, sensory processing issues, and more. PLEASE NOTE: These symptoms can be found in adults with neuroautoimmune dysfunction without recurring infections.
Risk Factors for PANDAS/PANS
(as cited in the literature and seen by Dr. Alex, including but not limited too)
- Multiple rounds of antibiotics used as an infant/toddler
- Multiple ear infections
- Neurodevelopmental Delay
- NOT breast fed, or not breast fed according to American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations
- One or both parents have an autoimmune disease
To see if your child has PANDAS/PANS, or another form of neuroautoimmune dysfunction, we test! We do not guess. Utilizing the best laboratories in the nation, we can find out if your child has this dysfunction and most importantly, what we can do about it to help it by providing safe, long-term solutions.
Dr. Alex tests and helps children with this condition both in office, and on a long-distance basis. Dr. Alex is also part of the Pandas Physicians Network www.pandasppn.org