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.
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.
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. |inline
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…