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what's the primary cause for autism or autistic spectrum disorder?

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
44 years experience Child Psychiatry
Cause Unknown: Risk factors include genetics, pre-/perinatal factors, neuroanatomical abnormalities, & environmental factors. No single gene can account for autism. There seems to be multiple genes involved. Possibly maternal gestational diabetes, maternal/paternal age over 30, bleeding after first trimester, use of prescription medication during pregnancy, & meconium in the amniotic fluid but not conclusive.
Answered on Dec 4, 2014
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