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 CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 225-227

Omega-3 supplementation in autism spectrum disorders: A still open question?


1 Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, Child Neurology and Psychiatry Unit, IRCCS Institute of Neurological Sciences of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
2 Child Neurology and Psychiatry Unit, IRCCS Institute of Neurological Sciences of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Annio Posar
Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, Child Neurology and Psychiatry Unit, IRCCS Institute of Neurological Sciences of Bologna, Via Altura 3, 40139 Bologna
Italy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.193363

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One of the most commonly used complementary and alternative practices in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the supplementation of omega-3. We describe the case of a child with ASD who seemed to respond to omega-3 supplementation in a relevant and lasting manner. So far, based on the results of randomized clinical trials, evidence-based medicine negates the effectiveness of omega-3 in ASD children. Nevertheless, considering anecdotal experiences, including that of our patient, and nonrandomized trials, the presence of a subgroup of ASD patients who are really responders to omega-3 cannot be excluded. These responders might not appear when evaluating the omega-3 effects in a sample taken as a whole. Studies that check for the possible presence of this subgroup of ASD individuals responders to omega-3 are necessary.






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