Researchers Publish Long Awaited Lyme Disease and PANDAS Review Despite Controversies

Excerpted from PR Newswire ( Posted: 02/22/2012)

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Neurologic tics and obsessive-compulsive behaviors caused by a bacterial infection in children were once thought to occur exclusively in PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Disease Associated with Streptococcus infections). Despite ongoing controversies regarding Lyme disease and PANDAS, a recent evidence-based review by Daniel J. Cameron, MD, MPH and Hanna Rhee, MD uncovered a little known published report of a child who initially appeared to have PANDAS, but was later found to have Lyme disease. When the patient was treated with antibiotics for the bacterial infection transmitted by a tick bite, his symptoms resolved.

“Our extensive review of the literature has elucidated the mechanism with which a tick bite or sore throat may develop into neuropsychiatric disorders. TLRs (Toll-like receptors) in haplotype-variable individuals may play a role in multisystemic disease formation,” states Dr. Rhee.

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~ by Rob on February 24, 2012.

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