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Description
Autism is a developmental disorder of the brain characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior.
Causes
The pathology, or the origin, of Autism is very complicated. There is no known specific cause for Autism, making it very hard to map out. There is no concrete proof that Autism is a genetic disease, but there is evidence saying that it can be linked to a strong genetic base. Even so, the genetics of Autism are complex and unclear. The disease has been shown to be caused by rare mutations of the pa View more...
Prevention
The only known method of preventoin of autism is avoidance of teratogens in pregnant women.
Common Symptoms
The signs of Autism are generally all present before the age of three, and affect many areas of the brain. How this happens is still not understood. Signs of Autism include but are not limited to; impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication, restricted interests, repetitive behavior and atypical eating habits. Repetitive behavior can include but is not limited to: stereotypy or View more...
Rare Symptoms
Symptoms of Autism vary from patient to patient as well as due the severity of symptoms so it is hard to call any symptoms rare in such a varying disorder. However, rare autism disorder include Rett's Syndrome (predominately females) and Childhood Disintigrative Disorder (predominately males) in which the patients wil undergo a period of normal development early in life and the begin to regress in View more...
Traditional Treatment
Behavior modification therapy is often the most sought after treatment for autism and is more effective if begun early in life.

Treatment with prescription drugs is often paired with behavioral therapy, not for the autism itself, but for the ADD and ADHD that is often co-diagnosed.
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Treatment with Oxytocin is being researched by Dr. Eric Hollander for use in improving social memory and cognition in patients with autism.
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