Placenta could be an important indicator of autism risk in children, according to specialists. It is an extremely important discovery, given that if the chances of autism or the predisposition for this disorder are known in advance, therapeutic measures can be improved, so that the affected children can lead a normal and better life!
Autism risk, detectable at birth by analyzing placenta
Autism is one of the neurological disorders most parents fear after the birth of children. If for abnormalities such as Down syndrome or other congenital malformations there are a lot of prenatal tests that can detect the risk even during pregnancy, no prenatal tests are available for autism.
Medical tests to detect autism did not exist until recently, even after birth, parents being required to follow his signs in the behavior and development of the child. Many cases of autism are diagnosed only when the child has 2-3 anisors or even later.
If the diagnosis was known in advance, the child could receive the necessary treatments, and the symptoms and evolution of autism could be slowed or delayed. According to researchers at Yale University, the placenta with which the fetus is surrounded can predict the risk of autism in the child through a simple laboratory analysis.
The placenta of mothers who give birth to babies with an increased risk of autism presents some anomalies, which the researchers detected when analyzing the placentas of mothers with a history of children with autism, but also of those who did not present this risk.
They found that the placentas of pregnant women who still had children with autism had some abnormal folds (trophoblastic inclusions characterized by the abnormal development of placental cells). These placental abnormalities can be detected only after birth.
There is no test that can detect these cellular defects in the intrauterine cavity, so that pregnant women are aware of the risk of autism before birth. However, doctors warn that placenta analysis only indicates the risk of autism and not the certainty that the baby would suffer from this disease.
It is not a test that diagnoses the disorder, but only indicates a possible risk, the percentage of which is not yet known. The researchers will find out more about the relevance and accuracy of the findings as children whose placentas were analyzed and discovered with abnormal cells will grow.
They will see how they evolve and if their suspicions are confirmed. Even so, doctors claim that the discovery is important and gives parents the chance to prepare for such a diagnosis and to quickly take therapeutic measures to slow the evolution of the disease.
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