A 36-year-old member asked:
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my nephew has autism. does that increase the chances that my own future child will have autism?

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Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
32 years experience Psychiatry
Probably not: The cause of autism remains unclear. However, there is no current evidence for a genetic link.
Answered on Apr 19, 2012
Dr. Glen Elliott
43 years experience Child Psychiatry
Maybe, but not much: Genetic influences with autism are actually quite strong--identical twins have a nearly 100% concurrence of the diagnosis in some studies. However, there is no single gene, and inheritance is quite complicated. Here's a good overview: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/heritability_of_autism.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017

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