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Help please! is autism genetic, can it be passed from parent to child?

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad answered

Specializes in Child Psychiatry

There is a complex polygenic predisposition .Single nucleotide polymorphisms have been identified in some cases(single gene mistakes). There are a number of specific genetic abn that have been associated with autism-that are identifiable. Most often it is complex and not specifically identifiable.

Answered Dec 7, 2016



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Dr. Mohammed Younus answered

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Autism is complicated disorder genetics of which are not well understood. There is no single gene that causes it and there multiple genes responsible. As a rule of thumb if a parent has autism the chances of transmitting to children becomes higher or at least aspects of it get passed on to next generation.

Answered May 15, 2016


Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

A very recent study came out identifying certain genes related to autism. This makes autism one of those diseases where genetic predisposition may play a role.

Answered Jul 23, 2013


Dr. William Singer answered

Specializes in Pediatric Neurology

There is a genetic basis for autism in some families.

Answered Jul 1, 2015



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