Gastrointestinal factors in autistic disorder: A critical review

Craig A. Erickson, Kimberly A. Stigler, Mark R. Corkins, David J. Posey, Joseph F. Fitzgerald, Christopher J. McDougle

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Interest in the gastrointestinal (GI) factors of autistic disorder (autism) has developed from descriptions of symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea in autistic children and advanced towards more detailed studies of GI histopathology and treatment modalities. This review attempts to critically and comprehensively analyze the literature as it applies to all aspects of GI factors in autism, including discussion of symptoms, pathology, nutrition, and treatment. While much literature is available on this topic, a dearth of rigorous study was found to validate GI factors specific to children with autism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-727
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005


  • Autistic disorder
  • Gastroenterology
  • Pathophysiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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    Erickson, C. A., Stigler, K. A., Corkins, M. R., Posey, D. J., Fitzgerald, J. F., & McDougle, C. J. (2005). Gastrointestinal factors in autistic disorder: A critical review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 35(6), 713-727.