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Does autism begin in the womb?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Evidence is mounting for a genetic predisposition for autism.
Although symptoms may not be seen until two yrs of age, the abnormal neural framework is present at conception. Many factors may trigger an already extent predisposition to autism, including maternal nutrition, maternal parity, time from previous pregnancy, neurotrauma, maternal infection, and maternal health.

In brief: Yes

Evidence is mounting for a genetic predisposition for autism.
Although symptoms may not be seen until two yrs of age, the abnormal neural framework is present at conception. Many factors may trigger an already extent predisposition to autism, including maternal nutrition, maternal parity, time from previous pregnancy, neurotrauma, maternal infection, and maternal health.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

Many autistic persons develop normally for a while before the onset of the disease.

In brief: Probably not

Many autistic persons develop normally for a while before the onset of the disease.
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
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Dr. James Ferguson
Genetic code abnormalities are found in increasing numbers of these patience tested by micro-array analysis.As more probes are made available we are likely to find more.These are present after conception.
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