Kids With Epilepsy Should Get Screened for Autism,
MONDAY, Dec. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Children seen in epilepsy
clinics should be screened for development delay and autism because
the conditions often occur together, new research suggests.
Researchers at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago asked
parents of children under age 5 who had epilepsy to fill out
screening questionnaires. The results showed that 75 percent of
children also had a developmental delay, while 41 percent had
More than one-third of the children had not been previously
diagnosed with either autism or developmental delay, the
The results "support routine screening of both new onset and
established cases of pediatric epilepsy," according to the
researchers in a news release.
The study is slated to be presented on Monday at the American
Epilepsy Society annual meeting in Baltimore. Because this study
was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should
be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed
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