PANDAS is an abbreviation for “Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections.” The term is used to describe a subset of children and adolescents who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and/or tic disorders, and in whom symptoms worsen following streptococcal infections such as "Strep throat," and Scarlet Fever.
PANS is a newer term used to describe the larger class of acute-onset OCD cases. PANS stands for Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome and includes all cases of abrupt onset OCD, not just those associated with streptococcal infections (Swedo et al., 2012) .
PANDAS/PANS Advisory Council
The PANDAS Advisory Council was established based on Public Act 13-187 - An Act Concerning a School Nurse Advisory Council and an Advisory Council on Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections: Public Act No. 13-187
- October 11, 2013 meeting (PDF)
November 8, 2013 meeting (PDF)
February 7, 2014 meeting (PDF)
This information should not be used for self-diagnosis, or as a substitute for consultation with a health care provider. Consult a health care provider with questions about these diseases.