Scientists in Boston believe a simple brain trace could be used to detect autism in children as young as 2 years old. But more work is still needed to confirm the BMC Medicine study results.
Experts at Boston Children’s Hospital are mind the EEG electroencephalography technique traces, which record electrical brain activity using scalp electrodes, could tender a diagnostic test for this elaborate condition.
EEG technique distinctly distinguished children with autism from other kids at the same age in a trial involving around one thousand children. Experts says at present time there are more than 500 thousands people with autism in the United Kingdom. Frank H. Duffy – the Director of the Department of Neurology and researcher Heidelise Als of the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital telling that EEG development technique can be used to differentiate children with autism from neurotypical children as early as two years old.
New chance for children with autism / brain trace may help diagnose disease
Children with genetic syndromes connected to autism disease (like Fragile X or Rett syndrome), children being coured for other main illnesses, those with sensory disorders like blindness and imperviousness and those taking antibiotics were all also eliminated from the autistic group for the objectives of the study. The scientists repeated their analysis ten times, splitting up their group of children in different ways and the result was around 90 per cent of the time, the EEG patterns could correctly detect the children diagnosed with autism.
The researchers found 33 EEG brain patterns linked to autism disease
Behaviour diagnosis of autism disease is uncertain in age of very young children. Director of the Department of Neurology Frank Duffy has told that he hoped that the team’s findings could form the basis for a future objective diagnostic test of autism, particularly at a very young age.
Dr Frank Duffy said : ‘ It is a great cause of anxiety when an older sibling develops autism. EEG might offer a way to check for the same condition in younger siblings in advance of them having symptoms. ‘