Brain imaging reveals brain stem alterations in children with autism

Children with autism show different patterns of connectivity than controls do in brain stem regions associated with balance. Researchers presented the unpublished findings yesterday at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

The connections in the brain stem are associated with balance and motor skills, both of which are known to be frequently affected in autism.

Few imaging studies in autism focus on the brain stem because it is structurally complex. It is the way station between the brain and the spinal cord, and is also near blood vessels and cerebrospinal fluid. Both substances can interfere with imaging techniques that measure water flow across the tracts of nerve fibers.

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12th November 2017