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Banner Childrens Specialists Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy Clinic

Banner Children's Specialists Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy Clinic

1432 S. Dobson Rd., Ste. 403
Mesa, AZ 85202

Hours Today: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Banner Childrens Specialists Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy Clinic

Our clinic provides comprehensive care to patients in the Phoenix metro area who are experiencing symptoms of PANS or PANDAS. We offer education and support for families,as well as ongoing support for primary care providers in our community. We want to provide a place where families are given direction, support and hope with the challenges of a complex neuropsychiatric condition. We strive to provide patient centered evidenced based care, as well as collaborate with the University of Arizona Steele Center to implement current research based protocols in our practice. 

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About Us

Please note: A referral from pediatrician or family practitioner required

Located on the campus of Banner Children's at Desert 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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