Autism: early identification and management in family practice.

  title={Autism: early identification and management in family practice.},
  author={Diane R. Edwards and M M Bristol},
  journal={American family physician},
  volume={44 5},
Autism is a chronic, nonprogressive developmental disability with a unique triad of abnormalities in socialization, communication and behavior. Most, but not all, children with autism have some degree of mental retardation, and many develop epilepsy. No single biomedical etiology has been found, but a significant number of medical disorders occur in association with autism. The medical evaluation is directed toward finding underlying or associated neurologic, metabolic, genetic or infectious… CONTINUE READING