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Can PANDAS Swear? A Curious Case of Coprolalia in a 15 Year Old Girl presenting to the Emergency Department

  • Author(s): El Tawil, Chady;
  • Richard, Andre;
  • Kassir, Ghida;
  • Bank, Ilana
  • et al.

Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with Streptococcal infections, or PANDAS, is a diagnosis of children with an acute and fast onset of obsessions, compulsions or tics succeeding a Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal infection. Coprolalia is a form of tics where the patient involuntarily says obscene and inappropriate words. We report a case of a 15-year old girl with a history of suspected PANDAS presenting to the emergency department with recurrent coprolalia without signs of a streptococcus infection. PANDAS and other neuropsychiatric syndromes can have different acute presentations. The ED physicians should be familiar with such disorders and presentations.

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