Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, 35:713

Gastrointestinal Factors in Autistic Disorder: A Critical Review

  • Craig A. Erickson
  • Kimberly A. Stigler
  • Mark R. Corkins
  • David J. Posey
  • Joseph F. Fitzgerald
  • Christopher J. McDougle
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-005-0019-4

Cite this article as:
Erickson, C.A., Stigler, K.A., Corkins, M.R. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2005) 35: 713. doi:10.1007/s10803-005-0019-4

Abstract

Interest in the gastrointestinal (GI) factors of autistic disorder (autism) has developed from descriptions of symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea in autistic children and advanced towards more detailed studies of GI histopathology and treatment modalities. This review attempts to critically and comprehensively analyze the literature as it applies to all aspects of GI factors in autism, including discussion of symptoms, pathology, nutrition, and treatment. While much literature is available on this topic, a dearth of rigorous study was found to validate GI factors specific to children with autism.

Keywords

Autistic disorder; gastroenterology; pathophysiology

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Craig A. Erickson
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kimberly A. Stigler
    • 1
    • 3
  • Mark R. Corkins
    • 2
    • 3
  • David J. Posey
    • 1
    • 3
  • Joseph F. Fitzgerald
    • 2
    • 3
  • Christopher J. McDougle
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA
  3. 3.James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for ChildrenIndianapolisUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA