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Artif Intell Gastroenterol. Feb 28, 2022; 3(1): 1-12
Published online Feb 28, 2022. doi: 10.35712/aig.v3.i1.1
Gastrointestinal disorders in children with autism: Could artificial intelligence help?
Mohammed Al-Biltagi, Nermin Kamal Saeed, Samara Qaraghuli
Mohammed Al-Biltagi, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Tanta 31511, Alghrabia, Egypt
Mohammed Al-Biltagi, Department of Pediatrics, University Medical Center, King Abdulla Medical City, Arabian Gulf University, Dr Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group, Manama 26671, Manama, Bahrain
Nermin Kamal Saeed, Medical Microbiology Section, Pathology Department, Salmaniya Medical Complex, Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Bahrain, Manama 12, Manama, Bahrain
Nermin Kamal Saeed, Microbiology Section, Pathology Department, Irish Royal College of Surgeon, Bahrain, Busaiteen 15503, Muharraq, Bahrain
Samara Qaraghuli, Department of Pharmacognosy and Medicinal Plant, Faculty of Pharmacy, Al-Mustansiriya University, Baghdad 14022, Baghdad, Iraq
Author contributions: Al-Biltagi M, Saeed NK, and Qaraghuli S wrote and revised the manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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Corresponding author: Mohammed Al-Biltagi, MBChB, MD, MSc, PhD, Chairman, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Al Bahra street, Tanta 31511, Alghrabia, Egypt. mbelrem@hotmail.com
Received: December 26, 2021
Peer-review started: December 26, 2021
First decision: February 10, 2022
Revised: February 12, 2022
Accepted: February 20, 2022
Article in press: February 20, 2022
Published online: February 28, 2022
Core Tip

Core Tip: Autism is a prevalent childhood neurodevelopmental condition. Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are pervasive in children, with a 46%-84% prevalence rate. The presence of GI can negatively impair children's management and education. Artificial intelligence (AI) could help diagnose and manage autism by improving children's communication, social, and emotional skills for a long time. AI is an effective method to enhance early detection and management of GI disorders, including GI bleeding, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Coeliac disease, food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases, and rectal polyps. However, we still have some obstacles to increasing the benefit of AI in medicine, particularly in children with autism.