Gastrointestinal Issues and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Moneek Madra, Roey Ringel, Kara Gross Margolis

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


Gastrointestinal disorders are one of the most common medical conditions that are comorbid with autism spectrum disorders. These comorbidities can cause greater severity in autism spectrum disorder symptoms, other associated clinical manifestations, and lower quality of life if left untreated. Clinicians need to understand how these gastrointestinal issues present and apply effective therapies. Effective treatment of gastrointestinal problems in autism spectrum disorder may result in marked improvements in autism spectrum disorder behavioral outcomes. This article discusses the gastrointestinal disorders commonly associated with autism spectrum disorders, how they present, and studied risk factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-81
Number of pages13
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Brain-gut axis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Microbiome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


Dive into the research topics of 'Gastrointestinal Issues and Autism Spectrum Disorder'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this