Twitching mystery patients show signs of recovery

Posted on February 25, 2012

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(CNN) — Doctors for several people in New York suffering from a mystery disorder that led them to develop tic-like symptoms say their patients are starting to feel better.

Out of more than a dozen who developed uncontrollable twitching and verbal tics, three say they feel completely better and six say they are significantly better, according to Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, medical director at DENT Neurologic Institute in western New York.

“The media focus, the questions on whether it is environmental or toxins, all that adds confusion, anxiety and difficulty,” said Mechtler, who has treated some of his patients with psychotherapy and behavioral therapy, as well as prescribed medication for anti-anxiety, depression and headaches.

A second doctor from New Jersey, Dr. Rosario Trifiletti, diagnosed some of the patients with PANDAS — Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections — and has been treating them with antibiotics.

CNN

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