Please note: A referral from pediatrician or family practitioner required

Located on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, the CPAE Clinic is a program of Banner Children’s Specialists. Here, pediatricians, pediatric neurologists and pediatric neuropsychologist collaborate with their Tucson-based clinical and research colleagues at Diamond Children’s Medical Center and the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center.

Acute-onset neuropsychiatric disorders in children often go misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. The Children’s Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (CPAE) Clinic gives pediatric patients the expert care they need when an infection-induced autoimmune reaction targets the brain. The resulting changes in neurologic function, mood and behavior require swift, specialized care.

Conditions that may lead to neurologic autoimmune reactions include:

  • Group A beta hemolytic strep
  • Other infectious triggers

Symptoms of CPAE include acute sudden onset of:

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Restrictive eating
  • Separation anxiety
  • Enuresis
  • Tics (motor and phonic)
  • Sensory sensitivities
  • Irritability and aggression
  • Decline in academic performance
  • Changes in handwriting
  • Difficulty with mathematics

Treatment for CPAE is tailored to the individual needs of each patient. Depending on the root cause and symptoms present, treatment may include:

  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Underlying infection treatment
  • Immunomodulation
  • Referral for appropriate psychiatric care

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