Journal article

Risk factors for the development of autism spectrum disorder in children with tuberous sclerosis complex: protocol for a systematic review

Rebecca Mitchell, Sarah Barton, A Simon Harvey, Katrina Williams

Systematic Reviews | BMC | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant condition, caused by mutations in either the TSC1 or TSC2 gene. It has widespread systemic manifestations and is associated with significant neurological morbidity. In addition to seizures and cerebral pathology including cortical tubers, subependymal nodules, subependymal giant cell astrocytoma and abnormal white matter, there are recognised neuropsychiatric difficulties including intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and a range of learning and behaviour problems, recently conceptualised as "tuberous sclerosis-associated neuropsychiatric disorders", or "TAND". ASD in TSC is of particular importance beca..

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