"Numerous studies have now documented the presence of mitochondrial dysfunction in a subset of patients with autism spectrum
disorders," David Fassler, M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University
of Vermont, told Psychiatric News. "The results of the current meta-analysis are consistent with such previous reports â¦ . The authors readily acknowledge
the limitations of their study, including reliance on small sample sizes and possible referral and/or publication bias. However,
I would certainly concur with their conclusion that this is a promising area for future research. Hopefully, such efforts
will ultimately enhance our ability to diagnose and treat children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorders."