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Gut disorders are more prevalent in children with developmental disorders. A. J. Wakefield et al, Am J Gastroenterol, 95(9), 2285-95, 2000

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Gut disorders are more prevalent in children with developmental disorders. A. J. Wakefield et al, Am J Gastroenterol, 95(9), 2285-95, 2000

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The guts of sixty children with developmental disorders were examined. The developmental disorders were autism (50 patients), Asperger’s syndrome (five), disintegrative disorder (two), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (one) , schizophrenia (one) dyslexia (one). Wakefield and colleagues performed an endoscopic examination of the large intestine and sampled some tissue on the affected children.

It was found that intestinal abnormalities were present in 54 of 58 (93%) of the developmentally affected children and in five of 35 (14 %) of the controls.

The researchers conclude that a new variant of inflammatory bowel disease is present in this group of children with developmental disorders.

A. J. Wakefield et al., ‘Enterocolitis in children with developmental disorders’, Am J Gastroenterol, Vol 95(9), 2000, pp. 2285-95

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