Infant MRIs Show Autism Linked to Increased Cerebrospinal Fluid

Guido Gerig, chair and professor of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, was involved in this research.

A national research network led by UNC School of Medicine's Joseph Piven, MD, found that many toddlers diagnosed with autism at two years of age had a substantially greater amount of extra-axial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) at six and 12 months of age, before diagnosis is possible. They also found that the more CSF at six months – as measured through MRIs – the more severe the autism symptoms were at two years of age.

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