Reptilian behavioural patterns in childhood autism

Thong Y.H. (1984) Reptilian behavioural patterns in childhood autism. Medical Hypotheses, 13 4: 399-405. doi:10.1016/0306-9877(84)90073-2

Author Thong Y.H.
Title Reptilian behavioural patterns in childhood autism
Journal name Medical Hypotheses   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-9877
Publication date 1984-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0306-9877(84)90073-2
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 13
Issue 4
Start page 399
End page 405
Total pages 7
Language eng
Subject 1309 Developmental Biology
2700 Medicine
3002 Drug Discovery
Abstract Childhood autism may be caused by damage to three phylogenetically distinct regions of the brain, or their major pathways and connections. Injury to the neocortex results in loss of language and cognitive function, while injury to the limbic cortex results in autistic withdrawal and abolition of play behaviour. Injury to the more primitive striatal complex, mammalian counterpart of the brain of reptiles, results in a bizarre and truncated form of stereotyped and ritualistic behaviour. The causes of brain injury in childhood autism could be those common in the perinatal period including cerebral anoxia, haemorrhage, phenylketonuria, neurolipidoses, meningitis, toxoplasmosis, and congenital rubella. All these conditions have previously been shown to be associated with childhood autism.
Q-Index Code C1
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