February 7th, 2012

Doctor: NY teens have PANDAS-like illness

On Monday night, New Jersey neurologist Dr. Rosario Trifiletti updated HLN’s Dr. Drew on the Pediatric Autoimmune Illness Associated with Streptococci (PANDAS) testing he has been doing on teen girls in Le Roy, New York, who have been affected by Tourette-like outbursts.

“We have some early results on some of the children,” Trifiletti said. “We’ve gotten the results, so far, [for] six of the nine children back. I can tell you that they are testing positive — each one is testing for either streptococcus or mycoplasma, which are known triggers of the PANDAS syndrome.”

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