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IMUNODIAGNOSTIC AND IMMUNOTHERAPY OF AUTISM

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Author(s): Vladimir TRAJKOVSKI | Mirko SPIROSKI

Journal: Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation
ISSN 1409-6099

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1-2;
Start page: 17;
Date: 2000;
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Keywords: autism | autoimmunity | immunotherapy

ABSTRACT
Infantile autism is one of the most disabling illnesses of neurological, emotional and intellectual development. The cause of autism remains unknown. However, recent investigations suggest that this disorder shares several features of established autoimmune disorders.The aim of this article is to describe the news of imunodiagnostic and immunotherapy in autism. Interpretation of data is made by conceptual and methodological differences between studies. The autoimmune response is most likely directed against the brain myelin, perhaps secondary to a viral infection. The idea that autism is an autoimmune disorder is further strengthened by the fact that autistic patients respond well to treatment with immune modulating drugs. Immune interventions can produce immune modulation-state of suppression or stimulation. Immune therapy should always be done in consultation with physicians.
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