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PANDAS: When a Simple Strep Throat Leads to Frightening Behavior

U.S. News & World Report

Anna Medaris Miller

July 2018

Diana Pohlman was stunned when her 7-year-old son Garrett’s behavior did a 180 overnight. Her once-happy and healthy kid was suddenly clinging to her, refusing to eat and weeping for no apparent reason. It only continued to get worse. After nearly six months of trying to get answers from a number of specialists, their pediatrician and rheumatologist determined that Garrett must have a condition they’d heard of but never seen—PANDAS. But this diagnosis was just the beginning of what ended up becoming a long journey for Pohlman and her son. 

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