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January 2019

Psychometric Properties of the Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome Global Impairment Score in Children and Adolescents with Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome

Leibold C, Thienemann M, Farhadian B, Willett T, Frankovich J.
J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacololgy-2019

Results: The GIS shows excellent discriminant validity, distinguishing patients with PANS from healthy controls. The scores on the GIS show an acceptable level of agreement with the clinician-reported CGAS. The regression line in the Bland–Altman plot had a positive slope, indicating that parents tend to report higher disease severity than clinicians at higher levels of disease severity. Correlation was higher during disease remissions than during disease flares (r = −0.69 vs. r = −0.48). All disease severity scales predicted GIS in the expected direction

January 1, 2019

There’s nothing black and white about this mysterious and controversial diagnosis. If your child suffers sudden mental health problems following a case of strep throat, this autoimmune condition...

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European Advocacy Organizations Response to PANDAS/PANS Article

Gerland Gunilla, Mogyorosi-Post, Anita, Cafferky Karen, Galardini Giuliana, Granli Kristin, Tuckey Georgia.
Journal of Pediatrics-2018

As representatives of the pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS)/pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS) organizations in Europe, we have concerns about the commentary by Gilbert et al,1 given its potential to negatively influence the treatment of children suffering from these devastating conditions.