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Curr Opin Pediatr. 2003 Jun;15(3):339-43.

How common are gastrointestinal disorders in children with autism?

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Neuroepidemiology Branch, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA.

Abstract

We could identify no report that describes the prevalence of gastrointestinal disorders in a representative group of children with a diagnosis of autism compared with appropriate controls. Thus, we found no evidence upon which to base a confident conclusion as to whether gastrointestinal symptoms are more common in children with than without autism. However, the frequency of gastrointestinal symptoms observed in population-based samples of autistic children indicate that gastrointestinal problems are not nearly as common in children with autism as reports from pediatric gastroenterology clinics suggest.

PMID:
12806268
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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