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If one parent has a very mild form of autism, would his child most surely have autism?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Taliba Foster
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not sure.
Autism is a disorder that is very difficult to attribute to one specific factor.

In brief: Not sure.
Autism is a disorder that is very difficult to attribute to one specific factor.
Dr. Taliba Foster
Dr. Taliba Foster
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Dr. Glen Elliott
If you are considering having a child, a consultation with a genetic counselor will give you the very latest dta on what is known about risk factors. That said, the most likely answer will be that there proably is some increassed risk, but we don't know how much--and odds still are in favor of the child not being autistic.
Dr. Robert Marvit
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
There is some evidence of genetic loading but clearly not one to one.

In brief: No
There is some evidence of genetic loading but clearly not one to one.
Dr. Robert Marvit
Dr. Robert Marvit
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Seek evaluation
This is an evolving area of medicine and you question is a good one.
First, you say mild autism, but that sort of label is a confusing one.How and why this diagnosis was made should be looked at. A meeting with a medical geneticist can review this and see if the label is not covering up a potential inheritable condition. If so,risk could be as high as 50%.

In brief: Seek evaluation
This is an evolving area of medicine and you question is a good one.
First, you say mild autism, but that sort of label is a confusing one.How and why this diagnosis was made should be looked at. A meeting with a medical geneticist can review this and see if the label is not covering up a potential inheritable condition. If so,risk could be as high as 50%.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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