Maternal lupus linked to increased risk of autism in children

10/27/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Among 719 children born to mothers with systemic lupus erythematosus, about 1.4% of them were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, compared with 0.6% in approximately 8,500 children whose mothers did not have the autoimmune disorder, a Canadian study found. Children of women with lupus received an earlier autism diagnosis than those born to women without the condition, researchers reported at a conference of the American College of Rheumatology. The overall risk remained low, commented Dr. Yousaf Ali of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

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