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[Measurement of cerebral blood flow by transcranial Doppler ultrasonography in children presenting with autistic behavior. Preliminary results].

Authors
  • Bruneau, N
  • Arbeille, P
  • Dourneau, M C
  • Garreau, B
  • Pourcelot, L
  • Lelord, G
Type
Published Article
Journal
Comptes rendus de l'Académie des sciences. Série III, Sciences de la vie
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1989
Volume
308
Issue
9
Pages
255–260
Identifiers
PMID: 2499410
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Transcranial Doppler ultrasonographic recordings of the middle cerebral arteries were performed on eight children with autistic behavior compared to eight controls. Blood flow measurements were assessed at rest and during auditory and visual stimulations. The main result was obtained during the auditory stimulations and concerned the left artery blood flow which is lower in autistics than in controls in these conditions (p less than .02). This result confirms the possibility of a left hemisphere dysfunctioning in autistics and may be related to clinical features as language disabilities and paradoxical reactivity to auditory stimuli.

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