WBEZ: PANDAS Disease Controversial in Medical Community

According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year, thousands cases of strep throat occur in the United States. More than a thousand of these infections end in death. And for some children, strep throat can manifest itself in physical tics and psychiatric symptoms like obsessive-compulsive behavior or Tourette’s. Doctors throughout the world debate whether these mental illnesses can sometimes be contagious. And one local family realized that everything from a diagnosis to treatment was controversial. In the first of this two part series, Julianne Hill introduces us to the Everts.

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Client: WBEZ’s Eight Forty-Eight

Date: March 8, 2010

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