and several other related disorders are grouped under the heading of autism syndrome disorders (ASDs), once known as pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs). These disorders all have similar symptoms.
Also, there are several medical conditions that can be confused with autism because of similar symptoms. Some of these medical conditions can occur along with autism but are not classified as ASDs. They include:
Specific diagnostic guidelines are used to distinguish autism from other conditions.footnote 1 Although other ASDs and certain medical conditions share some symptoms, they do not meet all of the diagnostic criteria for autism.
American Psychiatric Association (2013). Neurodevelopmental disorders. In Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed., pp. 31-86. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsThomas M. Bailey, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineElizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerFred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent PsychiatryLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofJune 8, 2017
Current as of: June 8, 2017
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & Fred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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