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Can obstructive sleeep apnea cause mild autism?

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Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by upper airway collapse or flaccidity.
It can also be due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Autistic patients can suffer from osa, but osa has not be found to cause autism, although children with autism can have worsened autistic symptoms from untreated osa.

In brief: No

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by upper airway collapse or flaccidity.
It can also be due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Autistic patients can suffer from osa, but osa has not be found to cause autism, although children with autism can have worsened autistic symptoms from untreated osa.
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Autism is a neurological disorder involving a lack of emotional and social involvement with people and the environment .
Obstructive sleep apnea does not produce this lack of emotional involvement . It may contribute to a lack of socializing due to fatigue from not getting sufficient restful sleep.

In brief: No

Autism is a neurological disorder involving a lack of emotional and social involvement with people and the environment .
Obstructive sleep apnea does not produce this lack of emotional involvement . It may contribute to a lack of socializing due to fatigue from not getting sufficient restful sleep.
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