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Whats the deal with infantile spasms and autism?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: West Syndrome

Clusters of brief flexor or extensor contractions ( spasms) with a distinct eeg pattern; can cause developmental regression.
An underlying cause is found in >75%. ~50% have a prenatal/congenital cause like abnormal cortical development , metabolic syndromes. Genetic syndromes. Tuberous sclerosis is a cause that often has autistic symptoms. Also, riskof autism goes up with any brain pathology.

In brief: West Syndrome

Clusters of brief flexor or extensor contractions ( spasms) with a distinct eeg pattern; can cause developmental regression.
An underlying cause is found in >75%. ~50% have a prenatal/congenital cause like abnormal cortical development , metabolic syndromes. Genetic syndromes. Tuberous sclerosis is a cause that often has autistic symptoms. Also, riskof autism goes up with any brain pathology.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Seizures?

By "spasms", do you mean seizures? Specifically, when you say "infantile spasms" are you referring to febrile (fever related) seizures, or is this more something you have observed on your own at home.
I recommend that you take the child to see his or her primary care provider for clarification.

In brief: Seizures?

By "spasms", do you mean seizures? Specifically, when you say "infantile spasms" are you referring to febrile (fever related) seizures, or is this more something you have observed on your own at home.
I recommend that you take the child to see his or her primary care provider for clarification.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
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