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Gastroenterology clinic

Recurrent abdominal pain in children

Jacinta Tobin

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Abstract

While an organic cause of recurrent abdominal pain will not be identified in many patients, an explanation that can lead to resolution will usually be found.

Article Extract

Remember
  • Recurrent abdominal pain in children is a complex biopsychosocial problem and requires time – make sure you allocate at least 30 minutes for a consultation.
  • There is often a hidden agenda, such as a family history of bowel cancer, a past history of serious illness in a parent or sibling, postnatal depression, marital discord or a major life event.
  • As the child’s family physician, you have an advantage in already knowing the family’s culture and what they value and what they worry about.

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