…So the parents have apparently lost "faith" in Dr. Laszlo Mechtler. And we have two branches of NIH (Shrinks vs. Biomedical Researchers) fighting over the girls. And the fine Dr. Mechtler is worried that the Shrinks loose their grip on the girls. Real grand.
Dr. Mechtler said Friday the National Institutes of Health was coming to town to do additional high-end testing on the students. Tuesday he said, instead, those who choose to will have to travel to the NIH facilities in Bethesda, Maryland, and the travel and testing there will be free of charge.
Dr. Mark Hasslett, chief of the NIH Medical Neurology Branch says the NIH reached out to the Dent doctors first. "We are very interested in psychogenic movement disorders. This is one of our major areas of interest and when we saw that there were patients that had possible Conversion Disorder we wanted to make the doctors aware that we're interested in making second opinions on these cases."
Dr. Mechtler also said he's recommending a world-renowned expert in tic disorders in Rochester for the families to see for a second opinion. "The three of us would like to work together if obviously the children decide with parents to come back if they still have faith in us."But this coming Sunday, the parents are bringing in their own neurologist for testing.
Dr. Rosario Trifiletti specializes in an auto-immune disease called PANDAS. "I have received phone calls about the potential that this may be a significant concern for the health of the girls," says Dr. Mechtler.
PANDAS, is an abbreviation for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. The term is used to describe a subset of children who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and/or tic disorders such as Tourette's Syndrome, and in whom symptoms worsen following strep. infections such as "Strep throat" and Scarlet Fever.