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Comorbid pathology in children with autism spectrum disorders

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29296/25877305-2021-08-09

L. Chernova I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), Ministry
of Health of Russia

Due to the presence of comorbid pathology, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) require enhanced monitoring by a pediatrician and specialists in other fields of medicine. These conditions include both a number of somatic (frequent respiratory diseases, constipation, diarrhea, and allergic manifestations) and neurological (sleep disorders, attention-deficit/ hyperactivity, and seizures) symptoms. Lack of information about the manifestations of somatic diseases in children with ASD is primarily due to difficulties in examination and diagnosis, poor social interaction as an inability to characterize and localize their own unpleasant sensations and pain symptoms; neurological symptoms are often attributed to the manifestations of the underlying disease. The paper analyzes the scientific literature on the incidence and nature of comorbid pathology in children with ASD.

autism spectrum disorders
comorbid pathology

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