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A 37-year-old member asked:

Friends 7yr old boy started throat clear, eye blink, squeal tics. has full blown strep, could this be panda? transient tic? what expert handles this?

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Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Unclear background: Is your friend asking for help? He/she should be working with pediatrician. While panda seems to be a real phenomenon, don't worry about this yet. Usually these patients need to be seeing a strong team - psychiatry, pediatrician, neurology - to treat the findings, for now.
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Dr. Allen Lewis
A Verified Doctoranswered
33 years experience
Depends ..: The hallmark trait for pandas is sudden acute & debilitating onset of intense anxiety and mood lability accompanied by obsessive compulsive-like issues and/or tics in association with a streptococcal-a (gabhs) infection that has occurred immediately prior to the symptoms. Therefore, if this is an abrupt change in behavior, then pandas is possible. See http://pandasnetwork.Org to find a provider.
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Last updated Dec 10, 2013


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