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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2000 Nov;102(5):321-30.

Autism and Asperger syndrome: coexistence with other clinical disorders.

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  • 1Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Göteborg, Sweden.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

: To provide a clinically useful analysis of the extent to which autism and Asperger syndrome coexist with other disorders.

METHOD:

Selective review of the literature detailing data pertaining to symptoms and disorders sometimes encountered in connection with autism or Asperger syndrome.

RESULTS:

A large number of medical conditions, psychiatric disorders and behavioural and motor dyscontrol symptoms are associated with autism and Asperger syndrome.

CONCLUSION:

Comorbidity is to be expected in autism spectrum disorders -directly or indirectly. Comorbid conditions may be markers for underlying pathophysiology and suggest a more varied treatment approach. There is a great need for in-depth research into this area, meaning that the exclusion criteria of current diagnostic manuals, i.e. those that rule out a diagnosis of autism in some disorders, and a diagnosis of certain other disorders in autism may have to be revised.

PMID:
11098802
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