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Steve Edelson, Ph.D. and Lenny Schafer
Gastrointestinal Problems in Autism
The Autism Research Institute held its first think tank in 1995, and a large part of the discussion was centered on the possibility that gastrointestinal (GI) problems may be common in individuals on the autism spectrum. According to Dr. Bernard Rimland, this was the first time that a group of researchers and clinicians discussed GI problems associated with autism.
During the meeting, clinicians reported observing many patients on the autism spectrum who were suffering from constipation, diarrhea, and GERD. At the end of the meeting, there was general consensus that the autism research community should investigate the underlying reasons as well as ways to treat GI issues in these individuals.
Recently, several studies have been published that shed light on this important issue. See below.