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What is the life expectancy for people with autism?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
9 doctors agree
In brief: Same as nonautistics
The life expectancy for patients with autism is the same as for patients without autism.

In brief: Same as nonautistics
The life expectancy for patients with autism is the same as for patients without autism.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Generally true, but they can be at higher risk for death by accident or misadventure because of decreased self-protective instincts.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Good point, Dr. E. How can you drive defensively if you lack Theory of Mind & can't "second-guess" what other drivers are fixin' to do.
Dr. Scott McLean
Clinical Genetics
2 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
Because there are many genetic causes of autism, occasionally people with autism have additional problems, like birth defects, a weak immune system, or mental retardation.
For some folks with this sort of complex autism, there can be poor overall health, and their life expectancy can be shorter than average. Fortunately, early genetic diagnosis can help us see and maybe prevent potential problems.

In brief: It depends
Because there are many genetic causes of autism, occasionally people with autism have additional problems, like birth defects, a weak immune system, or mental retardation.
For some folks with this sort of complex autism, there can be poor overall health, and their life expectancy can be shorter than average. Fortunately, early genetic diagnosis can help us see and maybe prevent potential problems.
Dr. Scott McLean
Dr. Scott McLean
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