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

Our founder, 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.

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