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How would a child have medical tests for autism?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
3 doctors agree

In brief: Medical causes?

Medical evaluation is done in a child with autism to try to find the cause: thorough physical exam, measure head, ears, eyes and more, look for major or minor unusual features, skin pigmentation.
Complete neurological exam. Assess all areas of development. Genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x on all; other labs if needed. Mri of brain, eeg if warranted by history or neurological findings.

In brief: Medical causes?

Medical evaluation is done in a child with autism to try to find the cause: thorough physical exam, measure head, ears, eyes and more, look for major or minor unusual features, skin pigmentation.
Complete neurological exam. Assess all areas of development. Genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x on all; other labs if needed. Mri of brain, eeg if warranted by history or neurological findings.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Good answer.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Thanks! That's why families wait for Autism Clinic evaluations. The initial visit takes about 2 hours per professional.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: There are none

Autism is a clinical diagnosis made by a physician with experience of the disease.
Every child has a different biochemical underlylng cause and where the research is focused.

In brief: There are none

Autism is a clinical diagnosis made by a physician with experience of the disease.
Every child has a different biochemical underlylng cause and where the research is focused.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Blood tests

There are blood tests for some disorders that can look like autism, chromosome tests for fragile X, Retts syndrome and other genetic disorders.
There is no medical test for autism. The diagnosis is made on behavioral features

In brief: Blood tests

There are blood tests for some disorders that can look like autism, chromosome tests for fragile X, Retts syndrome and other genetic disorders.
There is no medical test for autism. The diagnosis is made on behavioral features
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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