September 30, 2021
The HHSC Office of Disability Prevention for Children (ODPC) is offering a free webinar on Friday, October 8, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the subject of “Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS): An Frequent-Overlooked Condition in Children” to the webinar here.
PANS is a condition in which a child suddenly develops compulsive symptoms or severe eating restrictions along with at least two other cognitive, behavioral, or neurological symptoms. Symptoms typically appear after an infection or other inflammatory reaction. An estimated 1-2% of children are affected by PANS, according to the PANS Research Consortium. It is estimated that around 11,000 children under the age of 18 develop the disease each year in Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott recently appointed 13 experts to the PANS Advisory Council, and ODPC is working with the council to promote awareness and education.
A PANS diagnosis is based on an analysis of the child’s medical history, current symptoms, and a physical exam. Doctors need to do a full exam to rule out other potential disorders, such as: B. toxic effects of drugs or drugs. PANS affects children’s ability to learn at school and, if left untreated, can negatively affect their quality of life.
“PANS influences the social structures around the child,” said Dr. Qazi Javed, child psychiatrist and member of the PANS Advisory Council. “In return, the social structures affect the child. This trauma / retrauma dysfunction exacerbates the damage PANS does to society around the child. “
To find out more about PANS, read the report of the PANS Advisory Board (PDF). For more information, visit the ODPC website or email the HHSC PANS team.