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what are the cause of autism?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
24 years experience Pediatrics
No: There is no known cause.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
38 years experience Family Medicine
Many Causes, unknown: Dr. Windisch is correct, but wording is very important. Obviously there has to be some cause to autism, as a minority of kids have it. We just don't know what the cause/causes are. 1 current theory is that some people have relatively minor genetic variations that make them more susceptible to insults from infections, allergies, or toxins. Since there is not one autism, there is not one treatment.
Answered on Mar 11, 2017
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Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Not Yet: We know from results of massive amounts of research that immunizations are not the cause.As yet, there are many theories , but nothing remotely proven.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Glen Elliott
42 years experience Child Psychiatry
No: There almost certainly is not a single cause of autism; but, so far, no one has identified even one. There are plenty of theories including genetic risk, environmental toxins, auto-immune difficulties, and on and one. Some have more backing than others, but no one yet has crafted a compelling hypothesis of exactly what systems go awry with autism and why.
Answered on Apr 14, 2016
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