I have read in todays press that it is possible to do a Blood Test to diagnose Autism. You can google the info. I am surprised that it is possible to do a blood test to diagnose Autism as it is really a personality with traits. I do not if it applies to Adults. I am sure that if there is a real blood test many of us would be found not to have Autism but it would not help as we have the traits. I do not know if one just has Asperger Syndrome whether that would show up on a blood test.
If you have any information or views on this subject I hope you will reply to me.
My son had a blood test when he was going through the diagnosis they told me it was to see if it was genetic
This text has been taken from the NHS website (https://www.nhs.uk/news/pregnancy-and-child/new-blood-test-autism-long-way/):
"The study involved 38 children with ASD and 31 children without. Blood and urine samples were collected from all children and tested for various protein by-products, some of which are thought to be found at higher levels in people with ASD.
"Based on the results of the tests, the researchers developed a computer-based model to predict whether a child had ASD or not. The model correctly identified 92% of the children who had ASD, and 84% of the children who did not.
"This was an early study which provides the basis for further research. However it is far too soon to know if the test could ever be used in practice. [My emphasis.] From this single, small study we don't know that it's accurate enough or that it could improve upon existing methods for diagnosing ASD in clinical practice.
"The causes of ASD remain largely unknown, and any ways of improving our understanding of the condition are welcome. But media claims that this new test would help spot ASD early currently have no basis. [My emphasis.]"
You will note there is no reference to adults.
And a sample size of 69 participants is just way too small to draw any reliable conclusions.
Thanks for all the replies. Yes I am sure it is not conclusive yet especially the one with National Health text. I wonder if it is possible to ask the Doctors if it will be available for Adults as well as children eventually.
David said:I wonder if it is possible to ask the Doctors if it will be available for Adults as well as children eventually.
I do not believe that such a question is relevant at this stage. Further research may, for instance, prove the test is inaccurate.
The study also seems to focus on early detection of autism. In the conclusions of the findings, it is stated:"For future studies, we suggest firstly validation of the current findings in an independent clinical study group. Thereafter, priorities are investigation of the biomarkers in children younger than 5 years old to assess their ability to improve diagnosis at earlier stages of ASD development..."
The findings are published in the journal Molecular Autism:https://molecularautism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13229-017-0183-3