Brief report: Association between behavioral features and gastrointestinal problems among children with autism spectrum disorder.

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TitleBrief report: Association between behavioral features and gastrointestinal problems among children with autism spectrum disorder.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMaenner, MJ, Arneson, CL, Levy, SE, Kirby, RS, Nicholas, JS, Durkin, MS
JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
Volume42
Issue7
Pagination1520-5
Date Published2012 Jul
ISSN1573-3432
KeywordsChild, Child Behavior Disorders, Child Development Disorders, Pervasive, Comorbidity, Cross-Sectional Studies, Diagnosis, Differential, Female, Gastrointestinal Diseases, Humans, Male, Primary Health Care
Abstract

Recent reports suggest certain behaviors among children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may indicate underlying gastro-intestinal (GI) problems, and that the presence of these behaviors may help alert primary care providers to the need to evaluate a child with ASD for GI problems. The purpose of this population-based study of 487 children with ASD, including 35 (7.2%) with a medically documented history of GI problems, was to compare behavioral features of children with and without a history of GI problems. Unusual sleeping or eating habits and oppositional behavior were significantly associated with GI problems. These behaviors, however, were frequent in both children with and without GI problems, suggesting they may have limited utility in a screening capacity for GI problems.

DOI10.1007/s10803-011-1379-6
Alternate JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
PubMed ID22012246
Grant ListUR3/CCU523235 / / PHS HHS / United States
UR3/DD000078 / DD / NCBDD CDC HHS / United States
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