Patient discussion about phenylketonuria
!!! The questions and answers on this page are written by patients and are not reviewed by health professionals.
Q. I heard that there may be a relationship between autism and PKU
I heard that there may be a relationship between autism and PKU, but is there an increased risk of autism from childhood immunizations for children who have PKU?
|A1||PKU and Autism- from what I've heard, PKU can lead to Autism if not treated. but about the vaccination and the autism- there is no connection what so ever. there were dozens of extensive research that showed no connection. at all.|
|A2||Dear Kennedy, Glad to meet you in this community. There has been no causal relationship established between autism and vaccinations. Earlier research that suggested such a link has been found to be unreliable. No study since then has been able to establish a correlation. However, I believe there is a relationship between autism and PKU. Prior to newborn screening, 5% of children presenting with late-diagnosed PKU were first diagnosed as autistic. There is no question in my mind that those children improved on the phe-restricted diet. I have cared for quite a few such children, who are no longer autistic. Autism is a problem that has many causes. At the moment we think that it is a metabolic problem because it comes on gradually.|
This content is provided by iMedix and is subject to iMedix Terms. The Questions and Answers are not endorsed or recommended and are made available by patients, not doctors.