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What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

"Normal" language: Language is one of 3 domains of impairment for a child to qualify for a diagnosis of autism. Delayed language is an exclusion for asperger's disorder, but normal language (not counting problems with articulation (clarity of speech)) not just in terms of understanding and using words but also in using language to communicate with others age-appropriately would make autism most unlikely. ...Read more

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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


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Could aspergers/high functioning autism be a type of developmental delayment?

A developmental : delay is failure to achieve a developmental milestone by the time 90% of tots do so. "DD" is used until a child can undergo formal IQ testing, ~ age 5-6 yrs. Delays in reciprocal social interaction like not waving "bye" back to someone at 10 mos. & in social communication like not pointing at desired objects at 12 mos. are early signs of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a Neurodevelopmental Disorder. ...Read more

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Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

Name that diagnosis: Your question is very complex as is your child. It is possible to have both diagnoses. However it would be very difficult to diagnose both separately. I am wondering if the head injury is also related. I think you need to see a pediatric development and behavior specialist to help decide what to do. The treatment for the language delays will be about the same for either cause. ...Read more

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How often are autism spectrum disorders (e.g., Asperger's syndrome) undiagnosed until adulthood? How is such a diagnosis made?

How often are autism spectrum disorders (e.g., Asperger's syndrome) undiagnosed until adulthood? How is such a diagnosis made?

Minor autism: The diagnosis is a clinical one. When issues like impaired attention and depressed mood are also present the diagnosis of Aspergers ( now termed minor autism ) is made more difficult. There are varying degrees of involment of multiple cognitive domains and behavioral features involved. No two people are alike. Get an opinion from a well trained expert in behavioral medicine who deals with autism. ...Read more

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Sev. Dev. Delay -array comparative genetic hybridization (acgh) results indicate no abnormalities- would full genetic sequencing be advised (knome)?

Sev. Dev. Delay -array comparative genetic hybridization (acgh) results indicate no abnormalities- would full genetic sequencing be advised (knome)?

Not necessarily: Newer genetic tests provide incite into a variety of issues like autism & other developmental variations.Yet causation remains elusive in many cases.Sadly, an injury to the developing brain centers from an unrecognized event in an otherwise normal pregnancy is a likely cause for many.This occurs in at least half of cerebral palsy cases & dev.Delay could be produced in others, yet hard to prove. ...Read more

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What is Asperger s syndrome symptoms that appear first?

What is Asperger s syndrome symptoms that appear first?

Aspergers: First know what aspergers is. Watch this first. Autism spectrum and aspergers in 8 mins. Check it! http://youtu.Be/xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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Is early diagnosis important? How is testicular cancer diagnosed?

Is early diagnosis important? How is testicular cancer diagnosed?

Testicular mass: Testicular cancer is most commonly diagnosed due to painless mass in the testicle. Testicular tumors can grow quite rapidly (with a doubling time of approximately 36 hours), so it is imperative that you see your physician urgently if you do feel mass in one (or both) of your testicles. He/she will be able to order the appropriate tests and get you in to a urologist for treatment. ...Read more

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F/u q: the dementia is wernicke-korsakoff syndrome (alcohol induced). Dx'd mid-2010, now late stage, what is development rate? Life expectancy?

F/u q:  the dementia is wernicke-korsakoff syndrome (alcohol induced).  Dx'd mid-2010, now late stage, what is development rate? Life expectancy?

No telling: It's hard to predict what course it will take. It will depend on a lot of factors such as general health, whether he continues alcohol consumption or not and comorbidities. People usually don't die from dementia itself but rather from other complications such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections, fractures, heart issues to name a few. ...Read more

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Is cognitive dysfunction an early stage of alzheimer’s?

Is cognitive dysfunction an early stage of alzheimer’s?

Many reasons: Mild cognitive impairment is often the initial manifestation of Alzheimer's but cognitive problems can be seen with vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, HIV and syphilis infections, and medication adverse effects. Alcohol and recreational drugs can also do this. ...Read more

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How would a child that has ADHD and Asperger syndrome behave ?

How would a child that has ADHD and Asperger syndrome behave 


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Not very differently: Adhd would present similarly in all children however there would some difference in children with asperger's as impulsivity is likely to present with increase stereotypes which are part of asperger's. Other aspects of asperger's might also become more pronounced. Frustration tolerance which is an issue might become more pronounced. Treatment of adhd is more tricky as well as asperger's children. ...Read more

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Is it posible to have borderline personality disorder and autism ?

Is it posible to have borderline personality disorder and autism ?

It depends: It depends on the type of autism. If autism spectrum d/o such as asperger's, perhaps possible. Severe autism might make such a diagnosis very difficult to impossible. Borderline pd generally relates to others very differently than those with severe autism also. ...Read more

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20 month old has verba, social, and communication delays. Could this be signs of autism and how to differentiate ASD from aa development delay ?

20 month old has verba, social,  and communication delays.  Could this be signs of autism and how to differentiate ASD from aa development delay ?

Social interaction : A few things. One it's important to have a hearing test to rule out hearing impairment. A hallmark of ASD is abnormal social functioning such as preferring not to be held or cuddled. Limited eye contact or interest in conversation. ASD often also presents with delays. Delays alone, however, are less likely to have social dysfunction and are usually more specific. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have BOTH ADHD and Schizophenia? What about ADHD and Asperger's syndrome? I'm a 38yrold Caucasian male; family history of autism.

Is it possible to have BOTH ADHD and Schizophenia? What about ADHD and Asperger's syndrome? I'm a 38yrold  Caucasian male; family history of autism.

Yes. Comorbidity is: when 2 or more conditions occur in the same person. ADHD can be comorbid with both Autism Spectrum Disorders and Schizophrenia. However there is overlap of symptoms as well and a good evaluation is necessary to differentiate if the person has one or the other or both conditions. If a person has schizophrenia then that is the priority TX target. ADHD TX would follow if necessary. Best regards. ...Read more

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Is the cd4:cd8 ratio too vague of a diagnostic tool to be useful in diagnosing autoimmune diseases/disorders? R autoantibodies a more specific tool?

Is the cd4:cd8 ratio too vague of a diagnostic tool to be useful in diagnosing autoimmune diseases/disorders?  R autoantibodies a more specific tool?

Am confused.: Why are you asking a question about an area of immunology that few doctors deal with? Do you have hiv, pml, multiple sclerosis and on tysabri (natalizumab). Your question asks about cytokines, and immune balance that is employed to design drugs and understand drug mechanisms, and cannot result in diagnosis of most disorders, as these levels are not definitive, and not widely used. ...Read more

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2 early MC, heartbeat seen 2nd case, no live birth, turner's synd in fetus 2nd case, karyotyping & immunological tests normal. Way fwd? More tests?

2 early MC, heartbeat seen 2nd case, no live birth, turner's synd in fetus 2nd case, karyotyping & immunological tests normal. Way fwd? More tests?

Maternal fetal medicine: specialist is what you need with your high risk pregnancies, if you don't have one available in your area please seek advice in a teaching hospital ...Read more

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Aspergers signs? Son 7 was tested for dyslexia at scottish rite and research has lead me to aspergers. Repetative behaviors, rigid thinking, few frien

Aspergers signs? Son 7 was tested for dyslexia at scottish rite and research has lead me to aspergers. Repetative behaviors, rigid thinking, few frien

To find out if it is: You & his teacher can fill out the australian scale for aspergers in children for your pediatrician ( see tony attwood & o.A.S.I.S.Org, ) but it's not specific for asperger's. He needs evaluations by a neuropsychologist, developmental/behavioral pediatrician, et al in a specialty clinic to diagnose an autistic disorder. They'll need all reports from doctors, schools, slt & extensive history. ...Read more

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Physical Exam (Definition)

Physical exam is the actual examination of the patient's body by the physician. For example, if you sprain your ankle and go to your doctor, he will physically touch your ankle to see where it is painful. This act of touching the patient's body ...Read more


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Asperger Syndrome (Definition)

A developmental disorder affecting a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively. Common symptoms include unusual nonverbal communication, not being sensitive of others' feelings, having difficulty understanding humor, and speaking ...Read more