A 37-year-old member asked:
Does anyone know where to find information about infantile spasms causing autism?
2 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Not correct: Infantile spasms will not cause autism. Infantile spasms are usually the result of an underlying brain abnormally, which may result in autism like symptoms.
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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
It's not the spasms: Any brain pathology causes greater risk of autism. Underlying causes are found in > 75% of infants with west syndrome. Almost 50% of infants with ws have a prenatal cause like abnormal development of the cortex of the brain, metabolic syndromes, or genetic syndromes. Tuberous sclerosis can cause both west syndrome & autism. West syndrome itself can cause regression or arrest of development.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Does anyone know where to find information about infantile spasms and autism?
4 doctor answers • 10 doctors weighed in
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Some connection: Not clear that there is a causal link. Here's a link to an abstract of a study: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/18557779
risk of autism increased with those with infantile spasm, but risk of seizures is increased with autism. The grea majority of children with autism don't have infantile spasms, and vice versa. Co-occurrence may reflect an underlying problem with brain development.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016
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