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Hi,My son is 4 years old was is diagnosed with autism.

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Hi,

My son is 4 years old was is diagnosed with autism. Recently we did a blood test that showed that the serotonin level was at 1001.6 ng/ml. I was told that prozac and other SSRIs can help with his condition.

Please advice.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 2 years ago.
Hello
That blood level is not useful at all.
Who ordered this?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

He blood level was asked by a doctor among various other blood test for vitamin levels.

Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 2 years ago.
The lab is useful to diagnose carcinoid syndrome, a rare bowel disease.
IT has no usefulness in autism.

SSRI medications only affect seritonin uptake at the pre synaptic neuron in the brain...they do not help with autism.


The help with depression and with anxiety disorders, as well as obsessive compulsive disorders.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thanks for your reply. What does a high serotonin level as above suggest? Does it indicate anything else that needs to be checked?

Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 2 years ago.
More testing for carcinoid.
You are welcome.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thanks last question. Please let me know what tests we can do to check for carcinoid

Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 2 years ago.
blood test chromgranin A
Urine seritonin.

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