Published On: Sat, Jun 18th, 2016

Relative with epilepsy can develop autism in you



A recent research study has stated that having a close relative with epilepsy can boost a person’s danger of being identified with autism.

Helene Sundelin, who is the lead author of the study from the University Hospital in Linkoping, Sweden, stated that “Other studies have linked the two conditions. However, our study looks specifically at the brothers and sisters and sons and daughters of people with epilepsy to determine a possible autism risk in these relatives,”

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The results were cited in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

To conduct the research study, researchers searched at a data registry and recognized 85,201 people with epilepsy and also all of their siblings (80,511 people) and offspring (98,534 people).

Every individual with epilepsy was contrasted with five people devoid of epilepsy of same age, sex and from the similar county all through the similar spell.

The siblings and offspring of the people with epilepsy were as well contrasted with siblings and offspring of people devoid of epilepsy.

All through the standard six-year transcribe epoch of the research study, 1,381 of members with epilepsy and 700 of the people devoid of epilepsy were identified with autism.

People with epilepsy were thus at the elevated peril of being identified with autism (1.6 percent contrasted to 0.2 percent), with the uppermost danger witnessed in the people diagnosed with epilepsy in childhood (5.2 percent).

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The research study discovered a 63 percent elevated danger of developing autism for siblings and offspring even when the individual with epilepsy was eliminated.

Offspring of mothers had a 91 percent elevated danger and children of fathers had a 38 percent enlarged peril.

Sundelin further stated that “The goal is to find out more about how these two diseases may be connected so that treatments may be developed that will target both conditions,”


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