Brain Enlargement May Be Characteristic of Autism

by Medindia Content Team on  December 5, 2005 at 3:08 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Brain Enlargement May Be Characteristic of Autism
Evidence of brain enlargement has been discovered by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in several samples of children who suffer from autism, when in comparison to other normal children, according to the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Abnormalities in communication, repetitive and stereotyped behaviors, and social deficits are some of the deficits of autism. The neuroanatomical basis for this condition is yet to discovered. The study was conducted upon 51 children who suffer from autism belonging to the age group of 18 months and 35 months, in addition to 25 children without autism.

The enlargements were found in the cerebral cortical volumes of people with autism, but not where cerebellar volumes are concerned. The enlargement may commence towards the end of the first year after birth.

The enlargements were across the cerebral cortex in the both gray and white matter. The cerebral cortex is responsible for functions like memory, thought, and perception, among other functions. The genaralised enlargement of the cerebral cortical GM and WM brain volume in cases of autism has been confirmed by this study, when the autistic patients are two years old.

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My child's head was seems to be big compared to his body at the time of birth. Afterwords he found autistic after 2 yrs.
VIVEKPISE Saturday, May 21, 2011
What would cause your brain to increase in size at the age of 48?
guest Sunday, February 19, 2006
Is downs syndrome associated with autism?
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