PANDAS is anorexia nervosa in children believed linked to streptococcus. Clinical and research observations support the hypothesis that a postinfectious process, similar to that in rheumatic fever, may cause or exacerbate certain cases of anorexia nervosa. When the pathogen is group A ß-hemolytic streptococcus, these disorders are called pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcus (PANDAS). Diagnostic criteria from the Around the Dinner Table parent's forum F.A.Q.
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