Does Preeclampsia Raise Autism Risk?

Pregnant woman
Pregnant woman
Preeclampsia may raise the risk of autism and developmental delays.
Fetal exposure to preeclampsia, and in particular, severe disease, may raise the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delay (DD), a large population-based study suggests.

Results from the Northern California–based Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) study show that exposure to preeclampsia in utero was associated with a greater than twofold increased risk for ASD and a greater than fivefold increased risk for DD, compared with no exposure.

The study was published online December 8 in JAMA Pediatrics

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