Infectious component of the pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) in terms of evidence-based medicine principles (review of literature)


  • L.O. Bezrukov Higher State Education Institution of Ukraine “Bukovinian State Medical University”, Chernivtsi, Ukraine,
  • N.K. Bogutska Higher State Education Institution of Ukraine “Bukovinian State Medical University”, Chernivtsi, Ukraine,



PITANDS, PANDAS, PANS, infectious agents, autoimmune pathogenesis


The first clinical cases of obsessive-compulsive di­sorder and/or tic disorder in children with acute sudden onset associated with infectious diseases have been named pediatric infection-triggered autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders (PITANDS). The relationship of such neuropsychiatric manifestations with preceding infectious diseases caused by group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus was the most important, and it has been called paediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infection (PANDAS). Due to the low level of evidence of the research on the relationship of infectious agents with neurological and behavioral symptoms with an acute onset, since 2014 another syndrome is diagnosed in children — pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS). Currently, the question about infectious etiology, pathogenesis and autoimmune mechanisms of these paediatric neuropsychiatric syndromes are still debatable.


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