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Autism and several other related disorders are grouped
under the heading of
autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), once known as pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs). These
disorders all have similar symptoms.
Also, there are several medical conditions that can be
confused with autism because of similar symptoms. Some of these medical
conditions can occur along with autism but are not classified as ASDs. They
Specific diagnostic guidelines are used to distinguish autism from
other conditions.footnote 1 Although other ASDs and
certain medical conditions share some symptoms, they do not meet all
of the diagnostic criteria for autism.
American Psychiatric Association (2013). Neurodevelopmental disorders. In Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed., pp. 31–86. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerFred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Current as ofJune 17, 2016
Current as of:
June 17, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Fred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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