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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 292-294

The curious case of the "inseparable child"

1 Regional Mental Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
2 Northern Area Mental Health Services, Melbourne, Australia

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Dr. Gurvinder Kalra
Northern Area Mental Health Services, The Northern Hospital, 185, Cooper Street, Epping, Victoria
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.140650

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Streptococcal infections in children rarely lead to neuropsychiatric manifestations referred to as pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections. The common sequelae include tics, Tourette's syndrome or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Rare presentations may include separation anxiety disorder, body dysmorphic disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. We present a case of a 10-year-old child that presented primarily with abrupt onset of separation anxiety without any other neuropsychiatric manifestations such as tics or obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Streptococcal infections may present with varied neuropsychiatric manifestations in the pediatric age group and one needs to be more vigilant in cases that have an abrupt onset and unusual presentation. A high index of suspicion is important to diagnose such cases and provide them with a timely treatment.



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