How common are gastrointestinal disorders in children with autism?

Curr Opin Pediatr. 2003 Jun;15(3):339-43. doi: 10.1097/00008480-200306000-00020.

Abstract

We could identify no report that describes the prevalence of gastrointestinal disorders in a representative group of children with a diagnosis of autism compared with appropriate controls. Thus, we found no evidence upon which to base a confident conclusion as to whether gastrointestinal symptoms are more common in children with than without autism. However, the frequency of gastrointestinal symptoms observed in population-based samples of autistic children indicate that gastrointestinal problems are not nearly as common in children with autism as reports from pediatric gastroenterology clinics suggest.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Autistic Disorder / complications*
  • Autistic Disorder / diagnosis
  • Autistic Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / complications*
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Prevalence