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Recurrent abdominal pain 

Recurrent abdominal pain
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Recurrent abdominal pain
Author(s):

Jennifer Verrill Schurman

, Amanda Drews Deacy

, and Craig A. Friesen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199642656.003.0029
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date: 17 June 2019

Recurrent abdominal pain is a common complaint in children and adolescents; however, it has been historically understudied and not well understood. Recently, an improved diagnostic classification system has resulted in new research information being generated at an increasing rate. Although significant gaps in our knowledge remain, we are gradually coming to understand the complex aetiology of recurrent abdominal pain in children and are making strides in clinical treatment. However, specific clinical practice guidelines do not yet exist and evidence remains limited for most, if not all, of the common treatments employed. This chapter highlights current theory and evidence available to guide office-based assessment and intervention efforts, as well as promising directions for future research.

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