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Is there information about infantile spasms causing autism?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Cart and horse

It is not infantile spasms that causes autism, it is the brain abnormalities that cause both.
Definitions have changed over time. Many children who were previously labeled retarded, are not called on the autism spectrum.

In brief: Cart and horse

It is not infantile spasms that causes autism, it is the brain abnormalities that cause both.
Definitions have changed over time. Many children who were previously labeled retarded, are not called on the autism spectrum.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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2 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Infantile spams will not cause autism.

In brief: See below

Infantile spams will not cause autism.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not the spasms

The brain pathology that caused the infantile spasms confers a greater risk of autism, especially if it's tuberous sclerosis.
A cause is found in > 75% of cases; almost half have a prenatal cause like abnormal development of the cortex of the brain, metabolic syndromes, or genetic syndromes. West syndrome itself can cause regression or arrest of development. 90% have first spasms before 12 mos.

In brief: Not the spasms

The brain pathology that caused the infantile spasms confers a greater risk of autism, especially if it's tuberous sclerosis.
A cause is found in > 75% of cases; almost half have a prenatal cause like abnormal development of the cortex of the brain, metabolic syndromes, or genetic syndromes. West syndrome itself can cause regression or arrest of development. 90% have first spasms before 12 mos.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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