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Vol. 20 - Num. 79

Childhood and Adolescence PrevInfad/PAPPS Group

 Early detection of developmental disorders (part 2): autistic spectrum disorders

José Galbe Sánchez-Venturaa, Carmen Rosa Pallás Alonsob, Álvaro Rando Diegoc, Francisco Javier Sánchez Ruiz-Cabellod, Julia Colomer Revueltae, Olga Cortés Ricof, M.ª Jesús Esparza Olcinag, Ana Gallego Iborrah, Jaime García Aguadoi, Manuel Merino Moínaj, José M.ª Mengual Gilk, Grupo PrevInfad/PAPPS Infancia y Adolescencial

aPediatra. CS Torrero La Paz. Zaragoza. España.
bServicio de Neonatología. Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre. Madrid. España.
cPediatra. CS Mejorada del Campo. Velilla de San Antonio. Madrid. España.
dPediatra. CS Zaidín Sur. Granada. España.
eDepartamento de Pediatría, Obstetricia y Ginecología. Unidad de Pediatría. Universidad de Valencia. Valencia. España.
fPediatra. CS Canillejas. Madrid. España.
gPediatra. CS Barcelona. Móstoles. Madrid. España.
hPediatra. CS Trinidad. Málaga. España.
iPediatra. CS Villablanca. Madrid. España.
jPediatra. CS El Greco. Getafe. Madrid. España.
kPediatra. CS Delicias Sur. Zaragoza. España.
lJosé María Mengual Gil (coord.).

Correspondence: J Galbe. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Galbe Sánchez-Ventura J, Pallás Alonso CR, Rando Diego A, Sánchez Ruiz-Cabello FJ, Colomer Revuelta J, Cortés Rico O, et al.  Early detection of developmental disorders (part 2): autistic spectrum disorders. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2018;20:277-85.

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Autism or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopment disorder, genetically based, that affects the two major exes of behaviour: communication and social interaction and repetitive patrons of behaviour with restrictive interests. ASD mass screening, in a low risk population, would produce a low positive predictive value of around 38%, with an excess of referrals to specialised services and label effect on patients. Screening on population at risk or under parents or professionals concern is considered more appropriate. PrevInfad recommendations: 1) we suggest not to do universal screening using scales such as M-CHAT and variations; 2) we recommend doing screening using scales such as M-CHAT to high risk individuals.


Autism spectrum disorder Child development disorders, pervasive Mass screening


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