Prenatal Ultrasounds: Possible link with Autism?

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By Jessica Yoches, CNTP, MNT

Pregnant? Planning on it?  Or know anyone, a friend or family member, who is?

If so, be advised that research exists indicating a possible link with prenatal ultrasounds and an increased risk of Autism expression.

A research study in September of 2016 showed the following results:

“We found that male children with ASD, copy number variations (CNVs), and exposure to first trimester ultrasound had significantly decreased non-verbal IQ and increased repetitive behaviors relative to male children with ASD, with CNVs, and no ultrasound. These data suggest that heterogeneity in ASD symptoms may result, at least in part, from exposure to diagnostic ultrasound during early prenatal development of children with specific genetic vulnerabilities (1)”

Meanwhile, other studies indicate no correlation with autism and prenatal ultrasounds, however these were conducted in 2012.  

“…Analysis of in utero exposure in humans has failed to show harmful effects in neonates or children, particularly in school performance, attention disorders, and behavioral changes (2)

While research is still being conducted to fully evaluate the effects of prenatal ultrasounds, it’s good to be aware of the possible risks, especially for families with a history of autism. It could be one less source of toxicity to the fetus.

For further research and reading, check out the following studies:

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-012-1526-8

http://journals.lww.com/epidem/Abstract/2002/05001/The_Safety_of_Prenatal_Ultrasound_Exposure_in.4.aspx

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22456820

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27184020

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/aur.1349/full


Sources

1. Webb, et al. Severity of ASD symptoms and their correlation with the presence of copy number variations and exposure to first trimester ultrasound. 1 Sept. 2016. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27582229
2. Abramowicz, JS. Ultrasound and autism: association, link, or coincidence? 31 Aug. 2012. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22837291

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