Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex and highly heterogeneous neurodevelopmental condition. While ASD is currently diagnosed on the basis of the presence and severity of core abnormalities in social communication and repetitive behaviours, many common medical conditions are now known to be significantly more prevalent in people with ASD compared to the general population. Premature mortality is also significantly increased in ASD. Yet, according to widespread reports and published case studies, there have been many cases of symptoms of medical conditions, sometimes severe, being attributed without investigation to ‘behaviours’, ‘mental health issues’ or just ASD itself.

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