What is PANS?

Pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) is a disorder characterized by sudden symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) along with other neuropsychiatric symptoms such as anxiety, mood swings, depressions, aggressions, oppositional behaviors, behavioral regression (baby talk), deterioration in school performance and/or handwriting, sudden twitches, movements, or sounds that people do repeatedly, known as tics, sleep disturbances, changes in urinary frequency.

What is PANDAS?

Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS), is a subset of PANS characterized by very sudden symptoms (within a couple days) of OCD along with other neuropsychiatric symptoms. Patients with PANDAS, unlike PANS, have also been recently diagnosed with streptococcal infection, such as strep throat or scarlet fever.

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