Autism Spectrum Disorders and Allergy: Observation from a Pediatric Allergy/immunology Clinic

Harumi Jyonouchi


Expert Rev Clin Immunol. 2010;6(3):397-411. 

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Five-year View

Recently, the idea that the presence of various comorbidities in ASD children can exert effects on behavioral symptoms and cognitive development has become more accepted among physicians and therapists.[3] This is a trend that will probably increase over the next few years. With this, we hope to see more prospective studies that assess the effects of underlying medical conditions on behavioral symptoms and cognitive development in the ASD population. The author hopes that the results of such studies will help raise awareness and lead to a greater understanding of the relationship between medical conditions and behavioral changes by practicing physicians. In addition, the development of screening measures that can be used by practising physicians for assessing behavior changes associated with pain and discomfort will greatly benefit ASD children who suffer from common childhood illnesses. Although this may not be accomplished within the next 5 years, it is our hope that it will become a well-accepted concept/practice in 10 years time.


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