Please note: A referral from pediatrician or family practitioner required

Thank you for choosing Banner Children's Specialists. We want your initial visit and your ongoing relationship with us to progress as smoothly as possible.

You will get the most out of your visit by having your medical history completed, knowing the medications you are presently using, thinking of the questions you have for the doctor, and being aware of any prescription refills you may soon need.

Accepted Health Insurance

 Banner Health accepts most major insurances. If you have any questions about coverage, please contact your insurer prior to scheduling an appointment.

Patients are asked to pay their insurance co-payment at the time of their visit. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover as well as personal checks or cash. Any outstanding balance is due within 30 days.

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.

Please note: A referral from pediatrician or family practitioner is required to make an appointment.

Underlying Causes

Conditions that may lead to neurologic autoimmune reactions include:

  • Group A beta hemolytic strep
  • Other infectious triggers

Symptoms

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

Treatments

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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Banner Children’s provides more care for more kids than any other health system in Arizona. With pediatricians and specialists throughout the Phoenix-metro and Tucson areas, ten pediatric-prepared emergency rooms, Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center and Diamond Children's Medical Center, you are only minutes away from top pediatric care.

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