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How come the diagosis of autism spectrum disorders sort of swallowed up all the disabled children?

How come the diagosis of autism spectrum disorders sort of swallowed up all the disabled children?

It hasn't.: There are lots of disabilities other than autism spectrum disorders. The reason why it seems that autism diagnoses are more common is that we have learned that autism is not just the severe form (like rain man), but includes a whole spectrum, ranging from severe down to very mild (like asperger's syndrome). ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Could I have trouble swallowing because I have gained weight?

Could I have trouble swallowing because I have gained weight?

Not likely: Difficulty swallowing along with weight gain seems coincidental. The only mechanism i can think of that would cause this would be worsening of underlying reflux caused by increased intra-abdominal pressure from a larger belly (reflux may be worse in overweight individuals, and reflux may cause swallowing difficulty). ...Read more

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I'm having trouble swallowing breads and pasta?

I'm having trouble swallowing breads and pasta?

Dysphagia?: you may have what's called dysphagia or difficulty swallowing. Need to see a neurologist. May need swallowing study done as part of your work up. ...Read more

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Dad has trouble swallowing water! what can we do for this?

Swallowing: Have your father evaluated with consideration of referral for formal swallowing study supervised by a competent speech therapist. Sometimes a practitioner will send you first for clinical evaluation with the therapist, or request that the therapist supervise a formal swallowing study. They will assess whether there is risk for aspirating (substances going to lungs rather than in GI tract). ...Read more

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Help docs, is having trouble swallowing food a symptom of ms?

Help docs, is having trouble swallowing food a symptom of ms?

Rare presentation: If that is all you have, your suspicion of MS is wrong, and something else is going on. Get a Barium swallow and discuss with a gastroenterologist. Don't play guesswork, as the esophagus might be at risk. ...Read more

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Trouble swallowing feels like a hair ball and choking. What could be wrong?

See details: It may be gerd (esophageal reflux). Speak with your doctor or try an over-the-counter med such as Prilosec or prevacid (lansoprazole). ...Read more

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I have trouble swallowing solids and I can't see my Dr for 3 weeks. What is a good diet to follow to get all the nutrients?

I have trouble swallowing solids and I can't see my Dr for 3 weeks. What is a good diet to follow to get all the nutrients?

I once had to do it: Here's a basic link: http://nutrition.about.com/od/nutritionandhealth/f/What-Can-I-Eat-On-A-Full-Liquid-Diet.htm I'll search for the recipe suggestions I made up during my implant healing. But even if I don't find it you can spin off from here. Also search dental diet suggestions - they have lots! ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more


Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

Difficulty with swallowing is the sensation that food is stuck in the throat, or from the neck down to just above the abdomen ...Read more