What is the role of fetal exposure to infectious agents in the etiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

Updated: Sep 30, 2019
  • Author: James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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An infectious basis for some cases of autistic disorder is suggested by the large number of children with autistic disorder born to women who contracted rubella during pregnancy. This finding supports the hypothesis that this infection triggers a vulnerability to the development of autistic disorder in the fetus.


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