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Causes of Asperger Syndrome

At this time, Asperger syndrome causes are not yet known. However, it's likely that both genetics and environment play a role in the development of this condition. Researchers are currently collecting and analyzing DNA samples from a large group of children with the disorder to identify genes and genetic interactions linked with the syndrome.

What Causes Asperger Syndrome?

Scientists aren't certain of the causes of Asperger syndrome. However, it's likely that both genetics and environment are involved.
 

What Research Is Being Done?

While specific Asperger syndrome causes are not known, research is being conducted to understand Asperger syndrome and how it can be effectively treated.
 
One study is using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to show how abnormalities in particular areas of the brain cause changes in brain function that result in the symptoms of Asperger syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders.
 
Other research includes testing the effectiveness of an antidepressant in individuals with Asperger syndrome who exhibit high levels of obsessive/ritualistic behavior.
 
Another Asperger syndrome research study is collecting and analyzing DNA samples from a large group of children with Asperger syndrome and their families to identify genes and genetic interactions that are linked to Asperger syndrome.
 
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