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What causes autism spectrum disorder?

The cause of autism spectrum disorder is not yet known but it is currently understood that changes during brain development, in combination with environmental and genetic factors, may be the cause. Having one child with autism spectrum disorder means you are more likely to have another child with autism spectrum disorder, but no specific gene has yet been isolated to prove a genetic link.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 07 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Fetal alcohol syndrome

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