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Can Lyme Disease Cause PANDAS?

Lyme disease can affect both physical and mental health in various ways. The disease, transmitted by infected ticks, is caused by the borrelia bacteria. When Lyme disease is not treated promptly, it can lead to health issues such as cognitive decline, joint pain and inflammation, arthritic conditions, and nervous system issues. Lyme disease has also been associated with the onset or worsening of other health conditions.

If a child contracts Lyme disease, they can also develop a condition known as PANDAS. But what is PANDAS, exactly? And can Lyme disease cause PANDAS directly?

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How To Identify PANDAS In Children

PANDAS is the acronym for the health condition known as “pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcus”. It is a syndrome that can occur after a child contracts an infection caused by the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria.

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