Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) FAQs (cont.)
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Is there a link between mitochondrial diseases and ASDs?
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A child with an ASD may or may not have a mitochondrial disease. When children have both an ASD and a mitochondrial disease, they sometimes have other problems too, including epilepsy, problems with muscle tone, or movement disorders.
More research is needed to find out how common it is for people to have an ASD and a mitochondrial disease. Right now, it seems rare. In general, more research about mitochondrial disease and ASDs is needed.
Reviewed on 7/20/2011
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