Tag-arkiv: Streptococcal

Association Between Common Childhood Infection and Neurologic Conditions (ex. OCD)

News and research articles about strep throat associated with an increased risk for some neurologic conditions, ex. PANDAS, are poping-up on news site and medical journals. Keep clicking, more coming soon. Here are the two latest:

A new study adds support to an increasing body of evidence that the common childhood bacterial infection known informally as strep throat is associated with an increased risk for some neurologic conditions that frequently start in childhood — Tourette’s syndrome (TS), Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and tic disorder.

The study, conducted at the Group Health Center for Health Studies (CHS) in Seattle, is published in the July 5, 2005 edition of the journal Pediatrics, accessible online at http://www.pediatrics.org. It suggests that strep throat (streptococcal infection) doubles the risk for a first diagnosis of TS, OCD or tic disorder within three months after infection. Multiple infections appear to approximately triple the risk for a first diagnosis of these disorders within 12 months.

Source: Yahoo News/Group Health Center (US)

See also: Fox News: Strep Linked to Neurological Conditions?


Updated 17. August 2005

Found this on News Channel KFOR Oklahoma (NBC news)

The causes behind mental illness have long been a subject for debate. Is it trauma in someone’s life or something more physical? There is research going on right now that is looking into whether kids can catch obsessive compulsive disorder from a very common bacteria and whether it could be treated with a simple dose of antibiotics.

You can watch more on KFOR

Streptococcal infections and OCD

Throat infection Tourette’s link
There is growing evidence that a common childhood throat infection increases the risk of neurological disorders such as Tourette’s syndrome.

Scientists found children with such disorders were twice as likely to have had recent streptococcal infections than their healthy peers.

Researchers at Seattle’s Center for Health Studies suggest the body’s response to the infection may be key.

But they tell the journal Pediatrics that it is just one potential trigger.

We’ve found more tantalising clues about possible connections between childhood infections and certain disorders
Dr Robert Davis, lead researcher

OCD is more commonly associated with adults, but the researchers say it affects around 1 to 2% of school-age children – and transient tics can affect 10 to 25% of primary school age children.

Read more at BBC

Possible link between Strep and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

(Some info: P.A.N.D.A.S = Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections)

What started out as a sore throat for Maury Cronauer two years ago developed into a frightening cascade of symptoms. She began to exhibit bizarre behavior — blurting out disturbing thoughts, obsessively washing her hands until her skin was raw. Her parents were completely baffled — and frightened. “When she would wake up in the morning we weren’t sure what Maury we were going to get,” said her mother, Michelle Cronauer.

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PANDAS, is an abbreviation for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. The term is used to describe a subset of children who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and/or tic disorders such as Tourette’s Syndrome, and in whom symptoms worsen following strep. infections such as "Strep throat" and Scarlet Fever…

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