Autistic behaviour in Moebius syndrome

Acta Paediatr Scand. 1989 Mar;78(2):314-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1989.tb11076.x.


Seventeen children and young adults with Moebius syndrome were examined with a view to finding symptoms of autism. Some 40% of the group showed all or many of the symptoms typical of autistic disorder. The high frequency of autistic symptoms in Moebius syndrome might be a marked overrepresentation and could be suggestive of a common underlying neurobiological deficit at the brainstem level.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Autistic Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Brain Stem / physiopathology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Facial Paralysis / diagnosis*
  • Facial Paralysis / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Syndrome