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Infantile spasms and autism related?

Infantile spasms and autism related?

Not always: Infantile spasms are a specific form of seizure seen in infants that will generally be replaced by other seizures as they get older. Though children with autism are more likely to suffer from seizures, not all of them do. ...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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Whats the deal with infantile spasms and autism?

Whats the deal with infantile spasms and autism?

West Syndrome: Clusters of brief flexor or extensor contractions ( spasms) with a distinct eeg pattern; can cause developmental regression. An underlying cause is found in >75%. ~50% have a prenatal/congenital cause like abnormal cortical development , metabolic syndromes. Genetic syndromes. Tuberous sclerosis is a cause that often has autistic symptoms. Also, riskof autism goes up with any brain pathology. ...Read more

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Is there information about infantile spasms causing autism?

Cart and horse: It is not infantile spasms that causes autism, it is the brain abnormalities that cause both. Definitions have changed over time. Many children who were previously labeled retarded, are not called on the autism spectrum. ...Read more

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Does anyone know where to find information about infantile spasms and autism?

Epilepsy foundation: I would contact the Epilepsy Foundation for information about Infantile Spasms, a particularly serious seizure disorder that effects children during the first year of life. there are also web sites dealing specifically with infantile spasms. The same can be said for autism web sites. ...Read more

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Does anyone know where to find information about infantile spasms causing autism?

Not correct: Infantile spasms will not cause autism. Infantile spasms are usually the result of an underlying brain abnormally, which may result in autism like symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of autism in kids?

What are the early signs of autism in kids?

A few things: Red flags include poor eye contact, speech delays, not seeking comfort if scared or hurt, not liking to be held, odd movements that are symmetric on the left and right side of the body, and little interest in social interactions. ...Read more

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I would like guide to what are early signs of autism?

I would like guide to what are early signs of autism?

ASDs: Asds begin before age 3. some show sxs within the first few months. Others not until 18 to 24 months of age. Early signs relate to so called social reciprocity and active interaction with the environment including reacting to movement, and objects, turning toward sound,  responding to people's faces, and returning a smile.  see more here: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.Html. ...Read more

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What are early signs and symptoms of autism?

What are early signs and symptoms of autism?

In infancy: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read more

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Can autism develop as a result of child abuse at a very early age?

Can autism develop as a result of child abuse at a very early age?

No: Autism is not caused by child abuse, whatever the age--although abuse can certainly lead to lots of other problems, including mental retardation if it includes head trauma. Some abused children do become socially withdrawn, but this is quite different from the social disconnection associated with autism. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation between autism and early onset of puberty?

Autism: Puberty can be thought of as a river being held in check by a dam. Negative or inhibitory impulses hold back puberty from starting early. Any "crack" in the dam can bring on puberty earlier by canceling these inhibitory impulses. Tumors, trauma, seizures, or even neuro chemical imballances may do this. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...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