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PANDAS/PANS

Consulting and Treatment

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 are PANDAS/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

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
  • Excessive 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
  • Candida Overgrowth
  • Leaky Gut
  • 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.

We test for neuroautoimmune dysfunction with:

www.moleculeralabs.com
www.cyrexlabs.com
www.pandasnetwork.org

Dr. Alex does work with patients over long distances who cannot make it to our Kansas City, MO office. He works with patients all over the states, particularly children. This unique way of providing help to these families can be done because most of these families are parents of children who need specialty testing done.

Neuro-autoimmune, adrenal gland hormone, neurotransmitter, candida overgrowth, food and gluten sensitivity testing and more can be done and performed locally where you live, with all results coming back to Dr. Alex, interpreted, reviewed, and results given over the phone and email.

The question is, why can’t you work with someone in your area? That would be preferable, and you will be referred to someone who is trained and equipped to treat your child, however there are a limited number of physicians with this understanding and training on the above testing for children with Autism Spectrum, ADD, Anxiety, PANDAS/PANS, OCD, Tourettes, Sensory Processing, Bi-Polar.

This process usually consists of:
  • An initial meet and greet on the phone, Skype, etc to see if this is the right direction to go for your child or yourself.
  • Following this is filling out the provided paperwork and questionnaires asking about yours or your child’s health.
  • After these encounters is a 45-60min conversation on the phone asking anything and everything about you or your child’s pertinant health history A-Z, 0-10, no stone unturned to make sure we are headed in the right direction.
  • All of this is followed by recommendations given over the phone and email which usually consists of any necessary testing, diet and lifestyle changes and supplementation recommendations.

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