Physical health in children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Alabaf, S., Gillberg, C. , Lundström, S., Lichtenstein, P., Kerekes, N., Råstam, M. and Anckarsäter, H. (2019) Physical health in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49(1), pp. 83-95. (doi: 10.1007/s10803-018-3697-4) (PMID:30043349) (PMCID:PMC6331488)

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Abstract

With increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) attention has been drawn to these children's physical health. We aimed to identify the prevalence of defined physical problems (epilepsy, migraine, asthma, cancer, diabetes, psoriasis, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, diarrhea, constipation, daytime enuresis, encopresis) in a nationwide population of 9- and 12-year-old twins subdivided into those with and without indications of NDDs. Parents of 28,058 twins participated in a well-validated telephone interview regarding their children's mental health and answered questions about their physical problems. The results indicate a high rate of physical problems in children with NDDs, particularly in those with indications of the presence of combinations of several NDDs.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The Child and Adolescent Twin Study in Sweden (CATSS) was supported by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, and the Swedish Research Council (Medicine and SIMSAM).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gillberg, Professor Christopher
Authors: Alabaf, S., Gillberg, C., Lundström, S., Lichtenstein, P., Kerekes, N., Råstam, M., and Anckarsäter, H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0162-3257
ISSN (Online):1573-3432
Published Online:24 July 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 49:83-95
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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