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Brief Report: Autistic Disorder in Three Children with Cytomegalovirus Infection

Abstract

Previous research has identified a relationship between autistic disorder (autism) and specific congenital infections. Three cases of congenital or perinatal cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection occurring in association with autism are described. Hypothetical mechanisms relating congenital infection, such as CMV, to the development of autism are discussed. A better understanding of the immunologic response to certain congenital infections may provide important information pertaining to the pathophysiology and etiology of autism in vulnerable individuals.

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Sweeten, T.L., Posey, D.J. & McDougle, C.J. Brief Report: Autistic Disorder in Three Children with Cytomegalovirus Infection. J Autism Dev Disord 34, 583–586 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-004-2552-y

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  • Autism
  • cytomegalovirus
  • congenital infection
  • autoimmune