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Chronic Functional Abdominal Pain 

Chronic Functional Abdominal Pain
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Chronic Functional Abdominal Pain
Author(s):

Roy Dekel

and Ami D. Sperber

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199859436.003.0017
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date: 21 April 2021

Abdominal pain is a common presenting symptom across a number of medical specialties and in the primary care setting. Its differential diagnosis is broad. Functional abdominal pain syndrome (FAPS) is a clinical entity that is distinct from irritable bowel syndrome. It is characterized by continuous or nearly continuous abdominal pain, no association with physiologic events (e.g. eating, defecating), and some loss of daily function without malingering or any structural abdominal disease that would otherwise explain the pain and other symptoms. The management of FAPS requires a therapeutic partnership between physicians and patients and a combination of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies.

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