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An n=1 case report of a child with autism improving on antibiotics and a father’s quest to understand what it may mean

Rodakis J (2015) Microbial Ecology in Health & Disease  http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/mehd.v26.26382 

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Abstract:

The author, a parent of a child with autism, describes an n=1 case in which his child’s autism symptoms dramatically and rapidly improved following administration of a common antibiotic. The author asserts that this finding is not unusual in the autism population and that, when combined with prior recent medical research, suggests that a link between autism and the microbiome in some children is not just plausible, but in fact likely for some meaningful percentage of cases. The author argues for increased funding for a more thorough examination of links between autism and the microbiome and poses a series of questions to be further examined in future research.