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Genetics and autism

Doctors have known about a link between autism and epilepsy since a psychiatrist published the first case study about children with "autistic disturbance" some 70 years ago. Still, many questions remain unanswered or controversial, including how often epilepsy occurs in people with autism. Find out who is more likely to be at risk of having both conditions, and what new research tells us about the autism-epilepsy connection.

The psychiatric diagnostic manual published in 2013 does not include Rett Syndrome in the same category as autism spectrum disorder, although autism may co-occur in children with Rett syndrome.

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