PANDAS - Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections

PANDAS – What Every Parent Needs to Know

What is PANDAS? In recent years, there has been a growing body of information and awareness among the medical community of a rare but concerning consequence of GABHS infection (a.k.a. acute tonsillitis or “strep throat”) called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections, commonly referred to as PANDAS. This is a specific phenomenon that falls under the broader category of Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). Proper diagnosis is dependent on the healthcare provider’s awareness of this uncommon GABHS associated … Continued

Tonsillectomy for Children

Tonsillectomy for Children – New Clinical Practice Guidelines

Should my child have their tonsils removed? Tonsil problems in children are among the most common health concerns that result in a referral of a child to an ear, nose, and throat doctor (ENT or otolaryngologist).  Management methods of tonsil concerns such as frequent throat infections and problems associated with large tonsils continuously change over time as data from new research and clinical results are analyzed. Tonsillectomy, which almost always also includes adenoidectomy (removal of the tonsil tissue from the … Continued