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Pregnancy outcomes in women with autism: A Nationwide populationbased cohort study
University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden.
Karolinska University Hospital and Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; University of California, Berkeley, USA .
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai, New York, NY, USA .
Örebro University Hospital. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK; Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York, USA .ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1024-5602
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-59093OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-59093DiVA, id: diva2:1131621
Available from: 2017-08-15 Created: 2017-08-15 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Comorbidity and complications in neurological diseases
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Comorbidity and complications in neurological diseases
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Neurological diseases are complex and many share etiology as well as comorbidities. Epilepsy, a brain disorder characterized by an enduring predisposition to generate epileptic seizures and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), are considered to be associated, but the connection is still not fully uncovered. Cerebral palsy (CP), a lifelong, nonspecific, non-progressive disorder of posture and movement control, and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a connective tissue disorder, both have many consequences for health and wellbeing throughout life.

Aims: The aim of this thesis was to explore the impact of comorbidity and complications in neurological diseases and EDS. The objective was to gain information on the nature of the connection between epilepsy and ASD, if EDS, ASD and CP have consequences for pregnancy outcome, and the risk of traffic accidents in individuals with epilepsy.

Materials and methods: The studies are all historical observational population- based cohort studies with prospectively collected data from national registers. The risk of ASD was analysed in 85,201 individuals with epilepsy and compared with 425,760 controls as well as for their firstdegree relatives. In a cohort of 1,248,178 singleton births, 314 births to women with EDS, 2,072 births to women with ASD, and 770 births to women with CP, pregnancy outcome was explored. The risk of traffic accidents was estimated in 29,220 individuals with epilepsy and 267,637 matched controls.

Results: There is an increased risk of; ASD in individuals with epilepsy and their relatives, moderately preterm birth and pre-eclampsia in maternal ASD, of preterm birth in maternal CP and transport accidents in individuals with epilepsy. There is no increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcome in women with EDS.

Conclusions: This thesis found proofs of a bidirectional association between epilepsy and ASD, that ASD and CP have consequences for pregnancy outcome and epilepsy is a risk factor for traffic accidents.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University, 2017. p. 81
Series
Örebro Studies in Medicine, ISSN 1652-4063 ; 163
Keywords
antiepileptic drugs, autism, cerebral palsy, child, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, epilepsy, obstetric, pregnancy, traffic accidents
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General Practice
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-58056 (URN)978-91-7529-199-4 (ISBN)
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2017-09-08, Örebro universitet, Campus USÖ, Hörsal C3, Södra Grev Rosengatan 32, Örebro, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-06-15 Created: 2017-06-15 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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