Journal article

Chelation for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Stephen James, Shawn W Stevenson, Natalie Silove, Katrina Williams

Cochrane Database Syst Rev | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that the severity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms is positively correlated with the level of circulating or stored toxic metals, and that excretion of these heavy metals, brought about by the use of pharmaceutical chelating agents, results in improved symptoms. OBJECTIVES: To assess the potential benefits and adverse effects of pharmaceutical chelating agents (referred to as chelation therapy throughout this review) for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the following databases on 6 November 2014: CENTRAL, Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid MEDLINE In-Process, Embase, PsycINFO, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Litera..

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