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 (2000). Autistic disorder. In Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., text rev., pp. 70–75. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsThomas M. Bailey, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerFred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent PsychiatryLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofJuly 26, 2016
Current as of: July 26, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Fred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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