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Dr. Johanna Fricke
623 doctors shared insights

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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Why epilepsy is more frequent on people with an autism spectrum disorder?

Why epilepsy is more frequent on people with an autism spectrum disorder?

Autismspeaks.org: There is increased risk of seizures with any brain pathology, be it cerebral palsy, intellectual disability or autism. The more severe the pathology, the higher the risk. Children with autistic spectrum disorders have a 2% risk of clinical epilepsy by age 5 & an 8% risk by age 10.If the child with autism also has intellectual disability, the risk is 35% at age 5 and 67% by age 10. ...Read more

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My 10 month baby clenched her fists and shaked with eyes wide open 1st time today when refusing food, like a strong body spasm. Epilepsy or autism or?

My 10 month baby clenched her fists and shaked with eyes wide open 1st time today when refusing food, like a strong body spasm. Epilepsy or autism or?

Likely NEITHER: If there was no change in the baby's mental status and they simply were showing the strong emotion of anticipation to eat then, what they demonstrated can be quite understandable. However, if there are doubts or this has happened before then, you should see a pediatric neurologist. More questions? Write me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR in order to make appointment with me. ...Read more

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What medication can a person with petit mal epilepsy if they take Latuda (lurasidone) for their paranoid schizophrenia and autism?

What medication can a person with petit mal epilepsy if they take Latuda (lurasidone) for their paranoid schizophrenia and autism?

Oooh, good question: The two most commonly prescribed meds for absence (petit mal) epilepsy are ethosuximide and valproate. Both interact with Latuda (lurasidone) by an additive effect of psychomotor retardation (dullness) and risk of depression. This can be managed by slow ramp-up of drugs, clear information of what to look for, and input from famiily/friends about overall function. With dose adjustments both may be managed. ...Read more

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Is there an alternate to methylphenidate to cure/control ADHD in a 5 year old child, who also has mild autism and 2 instances of epileptic seizures?

Is there an alternate to methylphenidate to cure/control ADHD in a 5 year old child, who also has mild  autism and 2 instances of epileptic seizures?

Nonstimulants: With a history of seizures in a child so young, nonstimulant medications such as intunive or stratera may be worth discussing with your doctor. ...Read more

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Could hearing loss cause a misdiagnosis of autism?

Could hearing loss cause a misdiagnosis of autism?

Yes it can : Because lack of social interaction and lack of attention and communication and unresponsive to verbal commands are found in people with hearing loss any child expected to have autism should have hearing assessment to r/o hearing problems. ...Read more

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Is the cure about autism found?

No: Autism is a label used for a pattern of behavioral, social and learning issues that arise from a poorly defined origin. Supportive care helps the kid over his/her lifetime and most see some improvement. However, no one treatment or group of treatments will cure this process.Ongoing research should help us understand what helps the best. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...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