Presentation and Management of Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS)
PANS is relatively newly understood, under-identified, and therefore under-treated in clinical practice. In PANS, “medical” infectious and inflammatory diseases present with severe, often debilitating “mental” psychiatric and neurological symptoms. When the connections between infection, inflammation and PANS symptoms are not suspected and identified, the opportunity for clinical treatment may be missed or delayed.
During this course, typical presentations will be illustrated with case scenarios. Different aspects of evaluation will be demonstrated, including physical examination for neurological soft signs. Treatment algorithms will also be demonstrated, and the role of family education, multidisciplinary coordination and need for school accommodations will be discussed.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
There are no prerequisites to this course. This course is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians from a wide variety of specialties including primary care, family practice, pediatrics, neurology, psychiatry, and other specialties such as pediatric emergency care, adolescent medicine, pediatric neurology, pediatric otolaryngology, pediatric allergy/immunology, pediatric rheumatology, pediatric hospitalist, pediatric urology and pediatric sleep medicine. However, other individuals, including those interested in PANS, educators, mental health providers, other therapists, friends and family members of those with PANS may benefit from the course.
Course delivery details
This course is offered through Stanford University, a partner institute of EdX.
2-3 hours per week
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of PANS in patients
- Administer the appropriate first line treatments to PANS patients.
- Effectively refer PANS patients to specialist care and coordinate care with these healthcare providers.
- Educate and counsel PANS patients and their families on care at home and at school.
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