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August 1980

Computerized Tomographic Scan Findings in Patients With Autistic Behavior

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Neurology, Division of Behavioral Neurology and the Benton Laboratory of Neuropsychology (Drs H. Damasio, A. Damasio, and Chui), and Psychiatry, Division of Child Psychiatry (Dr Maurer), University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.

Arch Neurol. 1980;37(8):504-510. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500570052008

• An analysis of the computerized tomography scans of 17 patients with autistic behavior was carried out by investigators independent from those selecting the subjects. Mild abnormalities of the ventricular system were noted in several scans (increased size, altered left/right relation of lateral ventricles), and in three scans major hydrocephalus and circumscribed lesions of the parenchyma were seen. It was not possible to discern a singular abnormal pattern, the abnormalities appearing consequent to a variety of disease processes of the CNS.