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Can Asperger's syndrome be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Asperger's syndrome is not preventable at this time. There are a lot of unknowns about this syndrome, and so it is difficult to know what might lead to the condition. The exact cause of Asperger's syndrome is not known and there is also not a cure. Researchers are currently studying the genetic data of affected children and their families to see if there is a genetic component that is linked to the cause of Asperger's syndrome.

*Asperger syndrome, or Asperger's, is a term that is no longer used as a formal diagnosis. In current diagnostic criteria, the syndrome is included under the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.

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