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I was wondering if anyone could comment on the risk of Autism or ADHD associated with children born to Mothers with MS. I have heard a medical professional say there is an association, but I am curious to know your thoughts. Thank you!!
There are mixed studies on this topic. Some studies have found an increased risk of any developmental disorder (including autism and aspergers) in children of mothers with one of many autoimmune disorders (not just MS). Others have found no relationship. Some studies have seen an association when there are any family members with autoimmune disorders (not just the mother). In general, when studies have found an increased risk, they have been quite low. More research is needed on this as the mechanism (if an association exists) remains unclear.
Benjamin M. Greenberg, MD, MHS
Director, Transverse Myelitis, Neuromyelitis Optica Programs
Director, Neurosciences Clinical Research Center
Co-Director, Pediatric CONQUER Program
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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