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It is also noteworthy that a similar phenomenon was not observed on follow-up of 411 children with promptly treated acute GAS pharyngitis in a prospective primary-care setting Perrin et al.
A degree of confusion has arisen since two additional prospective studies seemed to show little relationship between GAS infections and exacerbations of proposed PANDAS cases Kurlan et al. These sera also frequently show autoantibody-mediated functional activation of a human neural cell line in vitro Kirvan et al.
A monoclonal antibody derived from a patient with Sydenham's chorea has been used to demonstrate cross-reactive molecular mimicry between the GAS polysaccharide and each of the human neuronal reactions listed earlier that are known to be important for patients with PANDAS as well as for those with Sydenham's chorea Kirvan et al.
Animal models Three animal models have been utilized to demonstrate autoantibody-mediated neuropsychiatric changes after crude GAS immunization of mice or rats Hoffman et al.
The more prolonged post-streptococcal latency period observed for Sydenham's chorea Eshel et al.
Acute GAS Infection GAS pharyngitis GAS pharyngitis characteristically presents with the acute onset of sore throat, dysphagia, pharyngeal erythema with or without exudates, fever, and tender anterior cervical lymphadenopathy in the absence of cough or nasal congestion.
It should be noted that a report of sore throat over the trachea or larynx, rather than the pharynx or cervical nodes, is not characteristic of GAS infection.
A diagnostic throat swab for streptococcal rapid testing or culture is generally required for diagnosis, however, because no clinical syndrome is considered sufficiently specific for a clinical diagnosis Shulman et al.
A properly performed throat swab requires a vigorous swipe that includes both tonsils and the posterior pharynx. Perianal dermatitis and other GAS perineal infections occur primarily in children who are 2—7 years of age, but they can also occur in older children and adults.
These infections are sometimes familial, and they are often associated with pharyngeal acquisition or infection in the patient or a family member.
The infection commonly recurs within weeks after a standard course of oral antimicrobial treatment Clegg et al. Other extra-pharyngeal GAS infections such as vulvovaginitis, impetigo, or various forms of invasive disease are also suspect, although not as yet reported with PANDAS.
Testing for GAS is recommended regardless of the presence of clinical pharyngitis or the severity of neuropsychiatric symptoms at that time. A throat swab should also be performed both during exacerbations of neuropsychiatric symptoms and during episodes of pharyngitis, particularly in children not receiving an appropriate antibiotic, or if adherence to the prophylactic regimen is in doubt.
Perineal and other extra-oral sites should be inspected routinely, with cultures obtained from suspected infection sites. The throat of asymptomatic family members and other intimate contacts should also be swabbed, if possible, at the time of initial diagnosis, and at any time they have pharyngitis symptoms.
When patients have PANS exacerbations, untreated close contacts should be questioned about symptoms of pharyngitis or dermatitis, and cultured and treated if positive.The stems, roots, leaves, and whole-plant the antioxidant capacities of the extracts.
These tests are best performed at or near the time of infection and then repeated to demonstrate a serologic rise. Single titers have limited utility, since both false positive and false negative values are very common Johnson et al.
Current enzyme immunoassay or turbidimetric assays for ASO and ADB give continuous values rather than serial dilution titers.
Unfortunately, established standards to define a meaningful antibody rise are not available.
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