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Does anyone know where to find information about infantile spasms causing autism?
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Glen Elliott
There is another neurological condition call Landau-Klefner syndrome that also has some features that can look like autism. Although as many as 1/3 of children with autism may have seizure problems, no evidence suggests that seizures are an underlying cause of autism--rather that the brains children with autism are vulnerable to seizures.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: It's not the spasms
Any brain pathology causes greater risk of autism.
Underlying causes are found in > 75% of infants with west syndrome. Almost 50% of infants with ws have a prenatal cause like abnormal development of the cortex of the brain, metabolic syndromes, or genetic syndromes. Tuberous sclerosis can cause both west syndrome & autism. West syndrome itself can cause regression or arrest of development.

In brief: It's not the spasms
Any brain pathology causes greater risk of autism.
Underlying causes are found in > 75% of infants with west syndrome. Almost 50% of infants with ws have a prenatal cause like abnormal development of the cortex of the brain, metabolic syndromes, or genetic syndromes. Tuberous sclerosis can cause both west syndrome & autism. West syndrome itself can cause regression or arrest of development.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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