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PANDAS: When a Simple Strep Throat Leads to Frightening Behavior

PANDAS stands for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections. The condition, which may affect anywhere from 1 in 200 to 1 in 500 kids (though the actual prevalence is unknown), is mostly characterized by obsessive compulsive disorder, tic disorders or both developing or worsening dramatically and suddenly after a bout with strep throat, or another type of strep infection, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

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