February 23, 2018

Extra-axial CSF Predicts Autism Development in High-risk Infants

download (3)NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – An increased amount of extra-axial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is associated with a higher risk of developing autism in infants at high familial risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to findings from the Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS).

“This potential biomarker at 6 months of age raises the potential for early detection of autism in the first year of life, prior to the onset of behavioral symptoms,” said Dr. Mark D. Shen from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.  Read more….