Demystifying PANS/PANDAS: A Functional Medicine Guide on Basal Ganglia Encephalitis
PANDAS (Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep) involves antibodies from a strep infection reacting with brain tissue (specifically the basal ganglia in the brain) and triggering an abrupt onset of immune dysregulation and movement, learning and behavioural problems including OCD, anxiety and tics.
With PANS (Paediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome), other infectious aetiologies besides strep (yeast, viruses, other bacteria, parasites), toxic exposures, and metabolic abnormalities are among other potential triggers for the immune dysregulation resulting in an abnormal autoimmune reaction and negative behaviour, physical, and cognitive changes. Lyme Disease and co-infections may cause or contribute to an acute or subacute presentation and also need to be assessed and treated appropriately.
Dr. O’Hara discusses the latest research in the assessment and treatment of these devastating, but recoverable, illnesses. You will learn the research-based functional medicine approach to the care, diagnosis and treatment of these children.
Viewers will be able to understand the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of PANS, PANDAS and Basal Ganglia Encephalitis.