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.
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
- 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
- Referral for appropriate psychiatric care
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