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How does autism affect the brain?

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Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
Many different way: Autism causes mild to significant changes to a diverse number brain processing centers.
Dr. Tipu Sultan
Dr. Tipu Sultan commented
Specializes in Allergy
It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and brain development is affected .it is among the most common causes of developmental delays in children. If appropriate interventions are not taken it can lead to irreversible neuro damage. Best organization helping these kids on biochemical level Is defeat autism now. Also visit us www.ehacstl.com to learn how to treat causes of neuro immune disorders
Jul 23, 2015
Dr. Julian Raffoul
Specializes in General Practice
It's complicated...: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by persistent impairments in social communication, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors, interests, or activities. How it affects the brain itself is more complicated. Go to NINDS.NIH.GOV and search: Autism, for more detailed answers. Consult a HealthTap provider as needed.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Different ways: Typically those with autism have impaired social skills, sometimes poor eye contact, perhaps lanugage or learning problems, stereotypical behavior, repetitive behavior, sometimes sensativities to textures, sounds, tastes, smells, or changes in routine. Autism is a spectrum disorder and some have it severe, some have it very mild, each person is different. Many children also suffer from GI prob
Dr. Bert Liang
Specializes in Neurology
Intense research: Autism spectrum disorder is being studied by some of the best laboratories in the world. Molecularly there have been alternations noted in epigenetic areas, and positron emission tomography has revealed alterations in virtually all neurotransmitters. It thus is extraordinarily complex.
Dr. Robert GalatzerLevy
Child Psychiatry 50 years experience
No one knows: Autism is defined as a group of symptoms. They probably have many causes. Although there are several good theories and some studies that show brain changes in autistic people at this point no one knows the answer to your question.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Nov 14, 2015
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Many anatomical : differences on MRI's in brains of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder vs. those of neurotypical people have been reported, but the Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange confirmed only 3: larger volume of ventricles (fluid-filled spaces), smaller volume of central segments of the corpus callosum (midline band if nerve fibers) & increased thickness of several areas of the cortex. Citation below.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
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