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J Clin Outcomes Manage 
2008 May;15(5):248-258
Functional abdominal pain in children
Youssef NN, Hyams JS

Educational Needs Addressed Recurrent abdominal pain is highly prevalent in child-hood. Between 10% and 25% of school-aged children and adolescents complain of recurrent abdominal pain of sufficient severity to interfere with daily activities, accounting for significant school absenteeism, impaired quality of life, and parental frustration. The majority of these children have “functional” symptoms, in which there is no demonstrable disease. Diagnosis and treatment of children with functional abdominal pain can be challenging for the clinician. Symptom-based criteria are available to aid the clinician in making a positive diagnosis. Educational Objectives After participating in this CME activity, primary care physicians should be able to: 1. Identify the pediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) associated with abdominal pain and describe their diagnostic criteria 2. Understand the pathophysiology of fgids 3. Describe components of a successful therapeutic approach, including the role of diet, probiotics, behavioral modification, and pharmacotherapy 4. Describe the long-term prognosis for FGIDS

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