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Is dysautonima genetic? is there any relation between autism, dysautonomia and gluten intolerance? my mom also has macrobacterium avium. connections?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Not sure: I know no relationship between autism, dysautonomia and gluten intolerance. I also know of no correlation with macrobacterium avium. Sorry i couldn't of more assistance.
Dr. Sonia Rapaport
Family Medicine 31 years experience
There are some forms of genetic dysautonomia, such as Familial Dysautonomia (FD), and some are acquired (such as POTS). There may some relationship with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and dysautonomia: both can be seen in mitochondrial disorders, and there is a higher incidence of ASD in children with FD. Eating gluten can cause inflammation in some people, which can worsen any neuro disorder
Apr 17, 2012
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 56 years experience
Many questions: There is familial dysautomia but uncertain about the other other associations. Some cases with gluten have been reported. Mycobacterium avium is an infectious disease and not related to the other conditions. Gluten is a different condition also. There is intolerance to gluten and treatment involves a gluten free diet.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Autism is not asso-: Ciated with familial dysautonomia. Fd is an autosomal recessive disorder from mutations in a gene on chromosome 9 found almost exclusively in people of ashkenazi jewish descent. Indifference to pain & temperature, depression, anxiety with phobias & extreme reactions to physical/emotional stress occur in fd. 7% of children with & without autism have gluten enteropathy, diagnosed by lab tests.

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