Worldwide Forum Regarding Immune Disorders & Autism
As reproductive immunology specialists, we have been intrigued by statistics
compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding
the development of autism. One of the suggestions of this study is that
women with a diagnosed autoimmune disorder have an increased risk of having
a child with ASD. The data appears to imply that
fetuses with the genetic predisposition for ASD may have the development
triggered by a maternal immune dysfunction.
Opening the Dialog with Dr. Jeffrey Braverman
Dr. Jeffrey Braverman, an internationally respected specialist in the field of reproductive
immunology, is currently looking into the possibility of preventing the
onset of autism through treatment of immune-related complications during
pregnancy. It is our hope that this endeavor might eventually help the
millions of families worldwide who are wondering if there is a way to
reduce their chances of having another child with ASD.
Realizing there are countless numbers of mothers asking these questions,
in addition to our local patients, we have created an online global discussion
form. Through this outlet, we hope to accomplish the following:
- Reach out to women around the world who have had a prior history of miscarriages
and / or the birth of a child with ASD
- Address the concerns of women in this group who may be weighing the risks
of an additional pregnancy
- Share experiences through candid conversations, expressions of concern,
and honest inquiries
- Lend a compassionate ear and furnish advice from an internationally known
reproductive immunology expert
International Studies Indicating a Possible Connection
More than 71 million individuals worldwide have been identified with autism
spectrum disorder (ASD). In the United States alone, about 1 in every
68 children have been diagnosed with the disability and the numbers are
increasing. ASD crosses all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic boundaries
and is considered to be one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities
in the nation.
For parents of autistic children, these numbers are more than just staggering
statistics. When you consider the indicator that families with an ASD child have
nearly a 20% likelihood of having the disorder diagnosed in a sibling,
many parents are concerned about the ramifications of expanding their family.
The recent CDC and additional international studies coincides with a trend
we have noticed among our patients:
- Mothers who experience an inflammatory flare during their second trimester
appear to have an increased risk of having a child on the autism spectrum.
- The correlation appears to be stronger with mothers who have previous miscarriages
and / or a previous child with ASD.
If you have a prior history of miscarriages, a child diagnosed with ASD,
and are concerned about future pregnancies, please consider joining in
our international discussion forum.