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PANDAS is not the same as Pandas


- lovely cuddly black and white animals, symbol of the World Wide Fund for animals, eaters of bamboo and shoots and possibly stars of the grammar book "Eats shoots and leaves" (or maybe not).

What is PANDAS?

Totally different from PANDAS which is a very serious illness caused by the Streptococcus bacteria in Children. PANDAS stands for Paediatric (Pediatric if you are in the USA) Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder. The bacterium causes a child's own immune system to attack the brain, making them feel as if their brain is on fire and causing many different symptoms, such as personality changes, tics, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and regression in cognitive and physical activities.

Earthquake in the Brain

His parents have described it as like having an earthquake in the brain and that their child woke up totally different and almost unrecognisable!

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Parents Fundraising

His parents are fundraising to get him more treatment. You can see their page here .

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MelissaE wrote on March 31, 2015, 5:43 PM

Oh my, how awful for him and his parents.

Ellis wrote on March 31, 2015, 6:20 PM

There's something really scary about stuff that changes a person..

Alexandoy wrote on March 31, 2015, 7:24 PM

So PANDAS is an acronym. Another disease/disorder that is new to my eyes.

trufflehunter wrote on April 1, 2015, 1:35 AM

I would never have guessed. May God do a miracle for that boy.

WordChazer wrote on April 1, 2015, 4:42 AM

That sounds horrible! Maybe time to donate another eBay weekend's earnings to another medical fundraiser, as I did with the chap I wrote about a few weeks ago.

peachpurple wrote on April 1, 2015, 5:29 AM

oh so that are the differences, thought that all Pandas are the same. Bad illness for PANDAS

AliCanary wrote on April 1, 2015, 7:32 PM

Oh, it sounds horrible! I had never heard of it before. I was thinking you were going to mention the Google Panda algorithm.

allen0187 wrote on April 1, 2015, 9:22 PM

First time I've heard about such disease. It does sound horrible. How much do we know about this disease and is there any known cure?

scheng1 wrote on April 5, 2015, 3:06 AM

if the kid wakes up as a genius, I bet the parents will be more than happy.

SebastianOnciu wrote on April 5, 2015, 12:14 PM

It is the first time I hear about this disease and it sounds really horrible!