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Physical health in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Journal article
Authors Setareh Alabaf
Christopher Gillberg
Sebastian Lundström
Paul Lichtenstein
Nóra Kerekes
Maria Råstam
Henrik Anckarsäter
Published in Journal of autism and developmental disorders
Volume 49
Issue 1
Pages 83-95
ISSN 1573-3432
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre
Centre for Ethics, Law, and Mental Health
Pages 83-95
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3697-...
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...
Keywords Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); Autism spectrum disorder (ASD); Learning disorder (LD); Neurodevelopmental disorders; Physical health; Twins
Subject categories Child and adolescent psychiatry

Abstract

With increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) attention has been drawn to these children's physical health. We aimed to identify the prevalence of defined physical problems (epilepsy, migraine, asthma, cancer, diabetes, psoriasis, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, diarrhea, constipation, daytime enuresis, encopresis) in a nationwide population of 9- and 12-year-old twins subdivided into those with and without indications of NDDs. Parents of 28,058 twins participated in a well-validated telephone interview regarding their children's mental health and answered questions about their physical problems. The results indicate a high rate of physical problems in children with NDDs, particularly in those with indications of the presence of combinations of several NDDs.

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