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What increases the risk of Asperger's syndrome?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The gender of a child plays an important role in the development of Asperger's syndrome. Boys are twice as likely as girls to be affected by the disorder. Another probable risk is prenatal infections. These infections can increase the risk of abnormalities within the unborn child's brain, which have been proposed as being linked to Asperger's syndrome and other autism disorders.

*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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