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Chromosome 17 Autism
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
If a child is showing signs of autism at an early age, 17 months, does that mean they are more likely to be on the more severe end of the spectrum?
Not necessarily: I find 17 months towards the later end of showing some suggestive findings. Autism is not all one entity although we tend to lump them together under one name. Most will develop many skill sets that might seem unlikely when first diagnosed. Cautious optimism should be maintained as you work with those that will provide needed therapy and direction down this unpredictable road. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed with "high functioning autism at 17 what is this exactly? Is my life ruined because of it? Do i think differently from everyone?
No 'exact' answer!: The current understanding of austism-spctrum disorders proposes that the neural pathways in such individuals is altered to some degree from that in the normal population, such that they process data in a different way. No reason to think your life is 'ruined'! no two people think identically anyway! but, you may miss social cues that others perceive easily- like facial expressions; you train... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My brother has a slight case of autism and im 17 weeks pregnant and am having a boy and kinda scared my baby might get it, do you know the chances?
Medical causes?: Medical evaluation is done in a child with autism to try to find the cause: thorough physical exam, measure head, ears, eyes and more, look for major or minor unusual features, skin pigmentation. Complete neurological exam. Assess all areas of development. Genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x on all; other labs if needed. Mri of brain, eeg if warranted by history or neurological findings. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Some new ideas: There are some interesting findings that emerged initially when studying families with more than one affected autistic child. Chromosome micro array tests have shown minor, significant distortions of genetic info carried in the chms of these kids. The same defects have been seen in other autistic kids but not always the same locations. This would suggest events prior to or at conception/not latr. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?
No clear data.: Autism does not have a clear genetic basis. It is a spectrum type disorder with a range of severities. Hence there is no clear incidence rate in sblings or future offsprings. If there is a known chromosomal diagnosis and ASD is an add on co morbidity, then a geneticist, could come up with the odds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fad / myth: Autism does not respond to fad diets any more than the chromosome defect patients with down syndrome did years ago when it was offered as beneficial to them. This has been offered up on internet sites and will play out over time.Support groups are better able to connect now and the cycle of popularity within non-standard therapies is shorter.We would love to find something that helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Much research is : Is focused on siblings of children with autistic spectrum disorder. Each specific genetic disorder found on comparative genomic hybridization or dna probe for fragile x carries its own risk. Otherwise, prospective studies show that 20-30% of younger siblings display signs of asd, but very early intervention led to some later diagnoses of language disorders or milder symptoms than their older sib. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Am I more likely to have a child with autism if I have a sister, uncle, and great uncle with autism? Thanks!
A 3- generation : family history of Autistic Spectrum Disorder certainly validates your query. Has any diagnosed family member had a chromosomal microarray & a DNA Probe for Fragile X, the current standard genetic testing for anyone with ASD who has no Neurodevelopmental Disorder known to have ASD as part of its profile? If so, obtain the results for pre-conceptional genetic counseling. Find out, if you can. ...Read more
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