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Pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) and pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS) are diagnoses that often include the sudden onset of obsession, compulsions, tics or eating restrictions as well as symptoms from at least two of seven categories. PANS/PANDAS are associated with infections and are diagnoses of exclusion so it is important to rule out other possible medical and psychiatric diagnoses.

Contact the Children's National Hospital Team

Families seeking an appointment with the multidisciplinary PANDAS team should call psychiatry/psychology at 202-729-3300.

Children's Team

Children's Team


Lilia Mucka Andrew

Lilia Andrew

Director, Research in Anxiety Disorders Program
Ayman Saleh

Ayman Saleh

Medical Director, Ambulatory Psychiatry and Takoma Theatre Outpatient Clinic
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist


Anxiety Disorders Program

The Anxiety Disorders Program at Children's National Hospital is a specialized treatment clinic devoted to carefully assessing and effectively treating a wide range of anxiety disorders common among children and adolescents.