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Can head trauma cause you to get autism spectrum disorder?

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Not likely

While there are case reports of major personality changes occuring with some children after severe head injuries, this would be considered a rare occurance.
And then probably not technically autism, since you usually will have to show signs of autism as a child to fulfil the true criteria of autism.

In brief: Not likely

While there are case reports of major personality changes occuring with some children after severe head injuries, this would be considered a rare occurance.
And then probably not technically autism, since you usually will have to show signs of autism as a child to fulfil the true criteria of autism.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Head trauma can create injury severe enough to cause behaviors that may seem similar to those with autism.
It does not cause autism itself. Autism has brain inflammation as a component and digestive issues. Mild head trauma will not lead to autism. Repeated head injures can lead to parkinson's and dementia later...Not autism.

In brief: Not really

Head trauma can create injury severe enough to cause behaviors that may seem similar to those with autism.
It does not cause autism itself. Autism has brain inflammation as a component and digestive issues. Mild head trauma will not lead to autism. Repeated head injures can lead to parkinson's and dementia later...Not autism.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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