Rosario Trifiletti, MD issued the following statement today regarding the teens he is treating in Le Roy, NY. National attention was drawn to the plight of the teens when they were suddenly afflicted with uncontrollable bodily movements sometimes described as tics.
“I continue to work with a PANDAS-like diagnosis. The lab work is now complete on all
nine of the patients I examined on January 29, 2012 and has shown evidence of infection by
either Streptococcus Pyogenes (the common strep throat bacterium, found in five of nine
patients) or Mycoplasma Pneumonia (a bacteria-like agent that is a common cause of a mild
pneumonia-like illness, found in eight of nine patients). Two patients also meet CDC diagnostic
criteria for Lyme disease. They are being treated appropriately according to the infectious agents
found and are responding to treatment. In my opinion, these objective findings, which would be
exceedingly unlikely to occur by chance alone, support my diagnosis of a PANDAS-like illness.
I must remain open to another possibility such as mass psychogenic illness, which can never be
supported or refuted by objective findings. However, given the clinical and laboratory data, I
find a PANDAS-like illness a very likely medical diagnosis in these children. I hope to see the
teenagers again soon, but given that I am doing house calls from some two hundred miles away,
it requires extraordinary planning. In the meantime, I remain in close contact with their parents.
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