Topics Discussed: abdominal pain; abdominal pain, chronic; acute abdomen; functional gastrointestinal disorder; gastroenterology and hepatology.
Sections: Pathogenesis, Clinical Presentations, Differential Diagnosis, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prognosis and Clinical Course, References.
Excerpt:"Abdominal pain is a common complaint in pediatric population,
often resulting in unscheduled office or emergency room visits.
This symptom can be acute, recurrent, or chronic.There is a higher prevalence of alcoholism, psychiatric disorders,
somatization disorders, migraine, and chronic pain symptoms among
family members. Familial clustering is often seen in patients with
FGID. Subjects with FGID, in a study by Locke et al., had an increased
risk of reporting a first-degree relative with abdominal pain and/or
bowel distrurbance.8 Possible explanations of familial
clustering could include both environmental and/or genetic
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