Inflammatory processes during pregnancy increase the risk of autism in children


U.S. researchers found that the risk of having autistic child is greatly increased if during pregnancy the expectant mother was not able to avoid the inflammatory process.

According to researchers, the likelihood of having a baby has autism spectrum disorders increases with the future mother’s blood levels of C-reactive protein, which is caused by inflammation in the body of a pregnant woman, for example, bacterial or viral infection. Some of the nature of autism include autism itself (otherwise Kanner’s syndrome), Rett syndrome, disintegrative disorder, atypical autism, Asperger syndrome.

In the study, researchers analyzed data from the United States about 810,000 pregnant women. They calculated that if the level of protein in a dangerous future mother met the top 20% of the values of the scale assess the strength of the inflammatory process, the likelihood of a child autistic disorders increased by 43%. If the protein content falls within the top 10% - that the risk of autism in the fetus increased by 80%.

The researchers point out that the inflammatory disease during pregnancy should be considered as a sentence. Most children born to women with moderately elevated blood levels of C-reactive protein, have no visible nature of autistic disorders. In addition to inflammation in the development of autism affects a number of other factors, including the age of the parents and the child’s weight at birth.

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