An exciting meeting took place Friday, October 25 between founder of ICare4Autism, Dr. Joshua Weinstein and pediatrician and gastroenterologist, Dr. Arthur Krigsman. As many of our readers are aware, ICare4Autism is heading multiple pilot programs and initiatives to better the autism field, including our Model School. Dr. Krigsman has shown great interest in this idea, and we are all very appreciative of his addition to ICare4Autism.
Dr. Krigsman has published several studies on gastrointestinal symptoms and children diagnosed with autism, including a case report entitled “Clinical Presentation and Histologic Findings at Ileocolonoscopy in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Chronic Gastrointestinal Symptoms.” The purpose of the study was to inspect the nature of gastrointestinal symptoms many children with autism present by reviewing the findings of 143 children with either autism or another developmental disorder who are undergoing diagnostic ileocolonoscopy. Dr. Krigsman and his team found that “patients with autism or related disorders exhibiting chronic gastrointestinal symptoms demonstrate ileal or colonic inflammation upon light microscopic examination of biopsy tissue.”[i]
This study is important to the autism field in that it confirms the notion of presented gastrointestinal symptoms among person with autism. The findings also pave the way for future studies to examine celiac antibodies and celiac genetic markers among people with autism. With gluten free diets so popular, it is important to understand the nature of these gastrointestinal issues in this group of children.
Once again, welcome Dr. Krigsman to ICare4Autism. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for our organization!
[i] Krigsman, A., Boris, M., Goldblatt, A., & Stott, C. (2010). Clinical presentation and histologic findings at ileocolonoscopy in children with autistic spectrum disorder and chronic gastrointestinal symptoms. Autism Insights, (2), 1-11.