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Treating pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome

Heavey, Elizabeth, PhD, RN, CNM; Peterson, Kathleen, PhD, RN, PCPNP-BC

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000553400.88847.5d
Feature: PEDIATRIC DISORDERS
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Abstract: Pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) can be caused by infectious and noninfectious triggers. NPs can help children with PANS recover from their symptoms and prevent future recurrences by appropriately screening, recognizing, and diagnosing the clinical presentation of PANS. PANS treatment includes pharmacologic therapies as well as cognitive behavioral therapy.

Pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) can be caused by infectious and noninfectious triggers. NPs can help children with PANS recover from their symptoms and prevent future recurrences by appropriately screening, recognizing, and diagnosing the clinical presentation of PANS. PANS treatment includes pharmacologic therapies as well as cognitive behavioral therapy.

Elizabeth Heavey is a professor of nursing and graduate program director at The College at Brockport, Brockport, N.Y. Heavey is also a certified nurse-midwife.

Kathleen Peterson is a professor of nursing and chair of the department of nursing at The College at Brockport, Brockport, N.Y. Peterson is also a certified pediatric NP.

The authors have disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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