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is autism transmitted?

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Dr. Steven Griggs
38 years experience Clinical Psychology
Its not contagious,: if that's what you mean. There are genetic links that run in families, so in that sense there is greater likelihood of ending up with autism or something related if one or more of your biological parents has it. But, genetics is very far away from being able to predict what child will get it, given the parent's symptoms. If this is your concern, find a genetic counselor for the latest...
Answered on Dec 12, 2018
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
38 years experience Family Medicine
Short Answer NO: not in the sense that autism can pass from one person to another like an infection. But there certainly are genetic factors that can make it likely to be passed from one generation to another. If one twin has it, there is a greater chance the second twin has it, but it is not 100%
Answered on Nov 28, 2017

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