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Does mitochondrial dysfunction cause some sort of autism spectrum disorder?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
4 doctors agree

In brief: Maternally derived

Mutations in mitochondrial dna cause defective energy production impacting cell function in the 65 known mitochondrial disorders.
Muscle weakness occurs in all;blindness, & deafness in some. A progressive neurological disorder with developmental regression with or without autistic behaviors occurs in some types. Some organs may be affected & not others. Mother may be unaffected or mildly affected.

In brief: Maternally derived

Mutations in mitochondrial dna cause defective energy production impacting cell function in the 65 known mitochondrial disorders.
Muscle weakness occurs in all;blindness, & deafness in some. A progressive neurological disorder with developmental regression with or without autistic behaviors occurs in some types. Some organs may be affected & not others. Mother may be unaffected or mildly affected.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes.

Certain mitochondrial disorders can be associated with autism spectrum disorders.
Mitochondrial disorders have a variety of other symptoms as well.

In brief: Sometimes.

Certain mitochondrial disorders can be associated with autism spectrum disorders.
Mitochondrial disorders have a variety of other symptoms as well.
Dr. Cindy Juster
Dr. Cindy Juster
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