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Med Hypotheses. 1997 May;48(5):413-4.

Autistic disorder and the endogenous opioid system.

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Hillside Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Glen Oaks, New York 11004, USA.

Abstract

The elevated activity of brain opioids has been implicated in the pathogenesis of autistic disorder. Research on plasma and cerebrospinal fluid levels of endogenous opioids in subjects with autistic disorder has produced conflicting results. The author suggests that the level of brain opioid activity is a contributing but not the determining factor in the pathogenesis of autistic disorder. The author further suggests that the development of autistic disorder is related to the interaction between the endogenous opioid system and various neurotransmitter systems in the brain.

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PMID:
9185129
DOI:
10.1016/s0306-9877(97)90039-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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