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Hypotonia In Children With Autism
4yo has severe laryngomalacia, sleep apnea, aspirates, history of hypotonia & gross motor delay, MTHFR, midline defects, SPD, possible autism. Causes?
Mgt, workup: The severe laryngomalacia can cause and contribute to sleep apnea and aspiration. I would suggest an evaluation by ENT and a sleep study to evaluate the need for CPAP. Speech and development can help with coordination/swallowing mechanisms. A virtual appointment: healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
See below: 1-2% incidence in the US for autism. 6% incidence for the full spectrum of PDD. Check my health tips on PDD. See http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-pervasive-developmental-disorders/index.Shtml or http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/a-parents-guide-to-autism-spectrum-disorder/what-are-the-symptoms-of-asd.Shtml. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
PDD-NOS: The diagnostic and statistical manual iv-text revision defines pervasive developmental disorder as having some, but not all, of the criteria for autism. The dsm-v will combine pdd-nos, asperger's syndrome and autism into autistic disorder, so that all children " on the spectrum" may receive funding and services. Autistic disorders are neurodevelopmental, but still defined as psychiatric disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is now the sole diagnosis for a neurodevelopmental disorder with deficits in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + repetitive, stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Level is based on functional impairment & need for supports. Autismspeaks.org lists signs & symptoms of each criterion at various chronological & developmental ages. ...Read more
Unusually high level: of the signaling peptide BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) have been detected in children w/ autism. BDNF regulates birth and differentiation of brain cells (neurons). Barbara Hempstead et al (Weill Medical College, Cornell Univ) propose that BDNF may be over-expressed in the brains of these children, causing neurological defects that lead to the disorder but causation not yet proven. ...Read more
Many Theories: Sometimes a suspected genetic mutation is thought to be at fault. Sometimes experts feel the child has some type of unknown metabolic weakness of the immune system or unknown enzyme, then 1 or 2 or 3 insults to their system occur and it creates disorder in their neurochemical make up. Cdc claims vaccines are 'perfectly safe', others dispute this claim. More research is clearly needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Toe-walking that: persists > 3 months after a tot's first 10 independent steps is atypical. Drops in blood flow & oxygen, especially in late 2nd trimester can cause " tight heel cords", very mild cerebral palsy, more common in preemies. MRI & microscopic post-mortem studies of brains of people with ASD show abnormalities in areas that control motor planning & in axons that transmit signals. Other causes exist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: There is no evidence based studies that support this idea. This is a cult idea promoted by the anti-vaccine crowd in the present era.Thirty years ago they pushed the idea it caused cerebral palsy, twenty years ago they pushed the idea it caused crib death. As each issue is eventually proven unrelated they take up a new idea.Sadly, their efforts have resulted in much fear & many preventable deaths. ...Read more
Have researchers discovered some reported cases of children who have not received vaccinations developing autism?
No link connecting: Not only are there cases of children developing autism who have not received vaccines, there is no shred of evidence to support vaccines as causing autism. The article that purported to show this has been retracted. Millions of dollars have been spent looking for this link and not a single link has been found. Don't listen to jenny mccarthy, follow the science. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer