Physical health in children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Setareh Alabaf, Christopher Gillberg, Sebastian Lundström, Paul Lichtenstein, Nóra Kerekes, Maria Råstam, Henrik Anckarsäter

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With increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) attention has been drawn to these children’s physical health. We aimed to identify the prevalence of defined physical problems (epilepsy, migraine, asthma, cancer, diabetes, psoriasis, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, diarrhea, constipation, daytime enuresis, encopresis) in a nationwide population of 9- and 12-year-old twins subdivided into those with and without indications of NDDs. Parents of 28,058 twins participated in a well-validated telephone interview regarding their children’s mental health and answered questions about their physical problems. The results indicate a high rate of physical problems in children with NDDs, particularly in those with indications of the presence of combinations of several NDDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-95
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number1
Early online date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychiatry
  • Pediatrics

Free keywords

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Learning disorder (LD)
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Physical health
  • Twins


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