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Childhood Disintegrative Disorder Causes

(Also Known As: Heller’s Syndrome Causes, Disintegrative Psychosis Causes, Autism Causes, Mental Retardation Causes, Aspergers Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Childhood Disintegrative Disorder?

The etiology or cause of childhood disintegrative disorder is still unknown and researchers have not been successful in discovering the origin or cause of this disorder in children. 3

Many experts believe that the cause might be genetic or it can be environmental such as a toxin or an infection. It could also be an autoimmune response in which the immune system of the body distinguishes normal body components as foreign then is aggressive towards it.

Also, there are studies that imply that the neurobiology of the brain plays a significant role. Children who where diagnosed with CDD have abnormal electroencephalogram (EEG) that measure the electrical activity in the brain generated by nerve transmission (brain waves), which can be associated with seizures. 4 Because occurrence of epilepsy is also evident with children who have childhood disintegrative disorder, specialists cannot identify if epilepsy is also responsible in causing this kind of disorder. 5

Other diseases that can be associated with childhood disintegrative disorder are tuberous sclerosis in which a benign tumors grow in the brain; lipid storage diseases where there is a build up of deadly excess fats or lipids in the brain and nervous system; and subacute sclerosing panencephalitis that is caused by a form of the measles virus with the effect of brain inflammation and the death of nerve cells.

Although further research is needed to know what really causes childhood disintegrative disorder, it would be difficult to investigate this kind of disorder because the number of children who are diagnosed with this kind of condition is very few.

Could You Have Childhood Disintegrative Disorder?

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Related Conditions

Asperger's Syndrome – autism, impaired social interaction, restricted behavior, atypical use of language, clumsiness
Autism – impaired social interaction and communication, delayed brain development, repetitive behaviors, restricted interests
Rett's Disorder – absence of verbal skills, cognitive impairment, delayed motor skills