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Children's Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy Center

CPAE at Greater Regional

Children's Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (CPAE) is a condition where an infection triggers an autoimmune reaction that targets the brain, leading to changes in neurologic function, mood and behavior. PAE includes disorders such as PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome), PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infection) and Sydenham chorea.

Cheri Standing, MD
Brooke Martin, CPNP-PC
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(641) 782-2131

Second Floor of the Medical Arts Plaza

Does My Child have an Autoimmune Encephalopathy?

Some symptoms of autoimmune encephalopathy (such as PANS/PANDAS):

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Restrictive eating

  • Tics

  • Severe anxiety

  • Migraines

  • Irritability and aggression

  • Depression

  • Age regression

  • Sensory sensitivities

  • Hallucinations

What should I do if I think my child has PANS/PANDAS?

Early intervention and treatment are critical to shortening the course of the illness, its recurrences and the functional impairments your child may be experiencing. If your child’s behavior has suddenly changed within days of being ill and is experiencing new symptoms of OCD or food restrictions along with other neuropsychiatric symptoms, don’t wait, see Pediatrician, Dr. Cheri Standing, to be evaluated.