Chronic abdominal pain in children: a clinical report of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2005 Mar;40(3):245-8. doi: 10.1097/01.mpg.0000155367.44628.21.


Children and adolescents with chronic abdominal pain pose unique challenges to their caregivers. Affected children and their families experience distress and anxiety that can interfere with their ability to perform regular daily activities. Although chronic abdominal pain in children is usually attributable to a functional disorder rather than to organic disease, numerous misconceptions, insufficient knowledge among health care professionals and inadequate application of knowledge may contribute to a lack of effective management. This clinical report accompanies a technical report on childhood chronic abdominal pain and provides guidance for the clinician in the evaluation and treatment of children with chronic abdominal pain. The conclusions are based on the evidence reviewed in the technical report and on consensus achieved among subcommittee members.

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain* / diagnosis
  • Abdominal Pain* / etiology
  • Abdominal Pain* / psychology
  • Abdominal Pain* / therapy
  • Child
  • Chronic Disease
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / diagnosis*
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / psychology
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / therapy
  • Enteric Nervous System / physiopathology
  • Family / psychology
  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Recurrence