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If I've had strep throat and have tics and OCD, do I have PANDAS?

No. Many children have OCD and/or tics, and almost all school aged children get strep throat at some point in their lives. In fact, the average grade-school student will have 2 – 3 strep. Throat infections each year. PANDAS are considered when there is a very close relationship between the abrupt onset or worsening or OCD and/or tics, and a preceding strep. Infection. If strep. Is found in conjunction with two or three episodes of OCD/tics, then it may be that the child has PANDAS.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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