February 23, 2018

Gastrointestinal Woes in Autism Explained?

downloadA heightened stress reaction may explain the high rate of gastrointestinal (GI) problems, particularly constipation, in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), new research shows.

“One cannot make specific clinical recommendations based upon this study, but it will be of particular interest to see if treatment of constipation in ASD can be augmented by targeting the mechanisms of stress reactivity in future studies, particularly for those least responsive to laxatives and those with the greatest stress reactivity,” study investigator David Beversdorf, MD, of the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri in Columbia, told Medscape Medical News.  Read more here