Seizures and Epilepsy in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Epilepsy and autism frequently co-occur. Epilepsy confers an increased risk of autism and autism confers an increased risk of epilepsy. Specific epilepsy syndromes, intellectual disability, and female gender present a particular risk of autism in individuals with epilepsy. Epilepsy and autism are likely to share common etiologies, which predispose individuals to either or both conditions. Genetic factors, metabolic disorders, mitochondrial disorders, and immune dysfunction all can be implicated.
Source: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: research

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Source: Molecular Brain - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
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Source: Molecular Autism - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Int J Dev Neurosci Source Type: research
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