Gastrointestinal Disorer, Autism and Behavioural Problems

Gastrointestinal symptoms and behavioral problems in preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26748423

Abstract

Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are frequently reported in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and an impact of GI comorbidity on ASD behavioral problems has been hypothesized.

A total of 230 preschoolers were included in this study.

Specifically, four groups of children were evaluated:

ASD individuals suffering from GI symptoms (ASD/GI+),

ASD subjects without GI symptoms (ASD/GI-),

TD peers with (TD/GI+) and without

(TD/GI-) GI symptoms.

Parental report of behavioral problems and GI symptoms were assessed through the Child Behavior Check List 1½-5.

RESULTS:

A significant higher percentage of ASD (37.4%) versus TD (14.8%) with GI symptoms was observed.

‘Constipated’ and ‘Not-Eat’ were the most frequent GI symptoms both in ASD and in TD groups, but they were evaluated as more severe in ASD patients.

ASD/GI+ children had more anxiety problems, somatic complaints, externalizing and total problems than ASD/GI- individuals.

TD/GI+ did not show more behavioral problems than TD/GI-.

CONCLUSION:

Development of evidence-based guidelines for identification of GI problems in ASD preschoolers is warranted. GI symptomatology should be accurately assessed, especially in ASD children with anxiety and/or externalizing behavioral problems.

Copyright © 2015 Editrice Gastroenterologica Italiana S.r.l. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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