back to 2012, vol. 18, b. 3
Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2012, vol. 18, book 3;
Subject Collection: Medicine
Page: 334-336
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2012183.334
Published online: 21 November 2012

J of IMAB. 2012; 18(3):334-336
Stefan Todorov, Mariana Arnaoudova,
Department of psychiatry, Medical University - Varna, Bulgaria; Third psychiatric Clinic, University hospital "St. Marina" - Varna, Bulgaria.

The differential diagnosis between Autistic disorder (AD) and Asperger’s syndrome (AS) in most cases is quite difficult since most of the symptoms are clinically undistinguished. Several factors complicate the diagnosis of AS- an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is considered by some authors to be simply a milder version of autistic disorder. Problems in diagnosis include disagreement among diagnostic criteria, controversy over the distinction between AS and other ASD forms or even whether AS exists as a separate syndrome, and over- and under-diagnosis.
Our paper is based on the diagnostic and differential diagnostic criteria of DSM-IV, ICD-10 and our clinical experience.
In the process of diagnosis and differential diagnosis we, naturally, illustrate and discuss the similarities and differences between the two disorders.

Key words: autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, differential diagnosis.

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Please cite this article as: Todorov St, Arnaoudova M. ON  DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS  BETWEEN  AUTISTIC  DISORDER  AND ASPERGER’S  SYNDROME. J of IMAB. 2012; 18(3):334-336. doi: 10.5272/jimab.2012183.334.

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Accepted for publication: 09 September 2012
Issue published online: 21 November 2012

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