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PANDAS/PANS - Transforming a Devastating Chronic Illness into a Treatable Disorder

Summary:


Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders associated with Streptococcal Infections, or PANDAS, is a common autoimmune disorder with far-reaching movement, behavioral, and cognitive consequences. While OCD and tics are still common, other issues like anxiety, bedtime fears, inability to control urination, aggression, and deficits in learning, attention, and social interaction are among the many manifestations that result from PANDAS/PANS and impair the daily functioning and cognitive progress for many children. Not only Strep, but Lyme, Viruses, Mycoplasma and other germs can lead to Autoimmune Encephalitis. Autoimmune Encephalitis can be implicated in ASD ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Depression, Anxiety, Dementia, Scizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, in addition to PANDAS/PANS. Heightened clinical suspicion and more appropriate and comprehensive treatment with antibiotics and immune-modulating therapy will transform PANDAS/PANS from a devastating chronic illness with episodic flares into a treatable disorder.



Learning Objectives:
  • The participant will be able to understand the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of PANS and PANDAS.
  • The participant will be able to differentiate causes of anxiety, OCD and tics, as it relates to autoimmune encephalitis.
  • The participant will be able to define the triad of treatments for PANS and PANDAS
Bio:
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Dr. Nancy O’Hara

Dr. Nancy O’Hara is a board certified Pediatrician. Prior to her medical career, Dr. O’Hara taught children with autism. She graduated with highest honors from Bryn Mawr College and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.

After residency, chief residency and general pediatric fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. O’ Hara entered general private practice in 1993, and in 1998 began her consultative, integrative practice solely for children with special needs. Since 1999 she has dedicated her functional medicine practice to the integrative and holistic care of children with chronic illness and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, PANDAS/PANS, OCD, Lyme and ASD. She is also a leader in the training of clinicians, both in the United States and abroad.

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