The etiology of autism in a group of mentally retarded subjects

M. Elia, P. Bergonzi, R. Ferri, S. A. Musumeci, A. Paladino, S. Panerai, R. M. Ragusa

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A group of 33 autistic subjects was selected from a larger group of 262 mentall retarded patients. The autistic subjects were studied from the anamnestic-clinical and neurological points of view, and routine blood analyses, thoracic X-rays, electrocardiogram electroencephalogram, karyotype, and neurometabolic screenings on blood and urines were performed. The most important results of this study are the detection of an organic brain dysfunction in a high number of subjects (91%) and the recognition of a prenatal onset of it in 76.8% of the patients. Finally, the association between autism and some particular pathological conditions, rarely observed before, is reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-240
Number of pages13
JournalBrain Dysfunction
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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