[Article and Image Source: Psych Central]
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been thought of as primarily brain disorders, but a new study using mice suggests that deficits in peripheral sensory neurons can contribute to the syndrome.
The finding is the result of a study using mice that found deficits in the peripheral nerves play a role in impaired social interactions and repetitive behaviors. The peripheral nerves are found throughout the limbs, digits, and other parts of the body and communicate sensory information to the brain. They are important for the communication of sensory information throughout the body.