Cure of Autistic Disorders: Mission Impossible is Possible in an Illustrated Pioneering Experience
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Background: Autistic disorders have become
increasingly known as pervasive developmental
disorders since the 1980s. They have been recently
called autism spectrum disorder mostly by the
American Psychiatric Association. They include five
chronic disorders marked by early impairment in
socialization, communication and behavior. There is
no curative therapy or therapies for autistic disorders
and they continue to be regarded as lifelong disorders.
The aim of this paper is to describe our extensive
experiences with treatment of autistic disorders with
emphasis on the possibility of curing these disorders
with a new therapeutic approach. Marked
improvement or disappearance of autistic features in
these disorders has not been reported with any therapy
Materials and methods: During the period from
December, 2017 to November, 2019, 116 patients with
various autistic disorders were observed at the
pediatric psychiatry clinic of the Teaching Hospital of
Baghdad Medical City. 84 (72.4%) patients were
males and 32 (28.6%) female’s patients were females.
The patients’ ages ranged from two years to 16 years.
The patients were from several provinces in Iraq
including Baghdad, Saladdin, Najaf, Wassit,
Kerbalaand Erbil in the North of Iraq).
The patients were reported previously in several
publications. All the patients had very poor speech
development except the patients with Asperger
syndrome. Most of the patients with a diagnosis other
than Asperger syndrome were not saying any word and
few patients were saying few words.
Most patients were treated with a new therapeutic
approach which included injectable cerebrolysin as the
main therapeutic component. Marked improvement or
disappearance of autistic features in these disorders has
not been reported with any therapy before.
The patients were treated with a new approach which
aimed at improving the cardinal features of autistic
disorders which include impairment of social
interaction which is mostly manifested by poor
responsiveness to their name and infrequent
engagement with others manifested by poor eye contact
and infrequently looking to faces.
It was not possible to follow all the patients regularly
nor was it possible to document details of the treatment
and responses of all patients.
Results: Almost all the patients treated with the new
therapeutic approach experienced some improvement
and lessening of the autistic features during the followup period. Treatment was also associated with initiation of speech and improvement of repetitive behaviors. It
was possible to document complete disappearance of
the main autistic features in twenty patients.
It seems that the patients who achieved complete
disappearance of the main autistic features will need
an intensive learning especially of speech to abolish
the effect of the time when they were under the effect
of autistic behavior and to push them toward a possible
cure of their illness.
Conclusion: In this paper, we have demonstrated the
possibility of cure of autistic disorders including
autism and Asperger syndrome with use of
individualized courses of intramuscular cerebrolysin
as the main therapy for the main autistic features
(Impaired social interaction and communication
dominated by the lack of response to their name and
poor eye contact).
Understanding, a cure of autism will not immediately
abolish the cumulative effect of the condition on
learning, behavior and speech development before
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