Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Story Idea-Diagnosis

This posting was submitted from a mother who wants neuroimaging more in the spotlight for diagnosis. This item was emailed to this blog--AR

I would like to see the importance of neuroimaging become recognized as an important diagnostic tool. My son, now 13, was dx’ed with autism at 2 ½ and Chiari Malformation (herniated cerebellar tonsils) at 5 ½. The Chiari was found from an MRI after I expressed great concern over his frightening head growth rate from about 4 mo to about a year old. I have since found that Chiari is a fairly prevalent occurrence in autistic kids, and many more may have it, but no one knows because they have never had an MRI. MRI is the only sure way to find Chiari.

Thank you for your important and valuable work!

Liz Welker

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