PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal infection) and PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) are infection-induced autoimmune conditions that disrupt a patient’s normal neurologic functioning, resulting in a sudden onset of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and/or motor tics. PANDAS/PANS can include a variety of other symptoms such as anorexia (food restrictions), anxiety, irritability, hyperactivity, sleep disturbances, mood swings and urinary problems. 

October 9th is PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day, and PANDAS and PANS families across Canada are proud to support Canadian Blood Services during the month of October, in honour of our PANDAS/PANS children.