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Does anyone know where to find information about infantile spasms and autism?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Epilepsy foundation
I would contact the Epilepsy Foundation for information about Infantile Spasms, a particularly serious seizure disorder that effects children during the first year of life.
there are also web sites dealing specifically with infantile spasms. The same can be said for autism web sites.

In brief: Epilepsy foundation
I would contact the Epilepsy Foundation for information about Infantile Spasms, a particularly serious seizure disorder that effects children during the first year of life.
there are also web sites dealing specifically with infantile spasms. The same can be said for autism web sites.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Some connection
Not clear that there is a causal link.
Here's a link to an abstract of a study: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/18557779 risk of autism increased with those with infantile spasm, but risk of seizures is increased with autism. The grea majority of children with autism don't have infantile spasms, and vice versa. Co-occurrence may reflect an underlying problem with brain development.

In brief: Some connection
Not clear that there is a causal link.
Here's a link to an abstract of a study: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/18557779 risk of autism increased with those with infantile spasm, but risk of seizures is increased with autism. The grea majority of children with autism don't have infantile spasms, and vice versa. Co-occurrence may reflect an underlying problem with brain development.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Doctors
This is a good, but complex question.
The best answers should come from your pediatrician or a pediatric neurologist for facts and the proper context.

In brief: Doctors
This is a good, but complex question.
The best answers should come from your pediatrician or a pediatric neurologist for facts and the proper context.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
From whence comes the misconception that Infantile spasms, rather than the brain abnormalities that cause them, increase Autism risk ?
Dr. Johanna Fricke
From whence comes the misconception that Infantile spasms, rather than the brain abnormalities that cause them, increase Autism risk ?
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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 such as 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 such as 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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