What is the prognosis 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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The prognosis in patients with autism is highly correlated with their IQ. Low-functioning patients may never live independently; they typically need home or residential care for the rest of their lives. High-functioning patients may live independently, hold jobs successfully, and even marry and have children. Remission of autism has been described in anecdotal case reports.

High-functioning individuals with autistic disorder are similar to people with Asperger syndrome. Please refer to the Medscape Reference article Asperger Syndrome for further information and to learn more about high-functioning autism. Under the current nomenclature Asperger syndrome is a type of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


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