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PANDAS: a potential link between group A streptococcal infections and neurological disorders

Published on April 1, 2018   25 min

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Interviewer: Professor Cleary, thank you for sparing the time today to speak to us. As I understand it, the position is the group A streptococcal infections can produce an immune response that in turn has a pathologic effect on neuronal tissue. Have I got it right? Prof. Cleary: Yes, that's correct. In fact, we've known this for probably 70 or 80 years, in the days when there was rheumatic fever in Britain and in the US and the developed world. One of the complications of rheumatic fever is Sydenham chorea, which is uncontrolled muscle movements and contractions, and we've known about that for a long time. But I think what you're probably referring to is a newer, more recently described syndrome. The acronym for this syndrome has been termed PANDAS, and there's a more general term, PANS. PANS, the acronym means Pediatric Acute Onset of Neuropsychiatric Syndrome and PANDAS, sort of a subgroup of this, is pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcus infection. You can understand why we use acronyms after hearing those long names. So, we've known for some time that following group A strep infections,
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