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Korean J Pediatr 2007 July;50(7) :655-659.
Characteristics of functional gastrointestinal disorders in children with chronic abdominal pain
Ji Hyun Uhm (Uhm JH)
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Eulji University, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Ji Hyun Uhm ,Email:
Copyright © 2007 by The Korean Pediatric Society
Purpose : The aim of this study was to document the causes of chronic abdominal pain in children referred to a hospital setting and evaluate the frequency and characteristics of functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGID) classified by Rome III criteria. Methods : One hundred thirty two patients with chronic abdominal pain were evaluated. Examinations were performed in order to find organic causes in patients when organic disease was suspected. Results : Among the 132 patients, 20 patients (15.2%) had organic diseases and 112 patients (84.8%) were diagnosed as having FGIDs. Functional dyspepsia was the most common cause of FGIDs, followed by irritable bowel syndrome. Overlap of some FGIDs was observed in seven patients (5.3%). Conclusion : FGIDs are the main causes of chronic abdominal pain in children and functional dyspepsia was the most prevalent disorder.
Keywords: Functional gastrointestinal disorder | Abdominal pain | Children
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