Recurrent abdominal pain and lactose maldigestion in school-aged children

Gastroenterol Nurs. Sep-Oct 1997;20(5):180-3. doi: 10.1097/00001610-199709000-00006.


Recurrent abdominal pain of childhood affects 10 to 15% of school-aged children and leads to disability and learning difficulties. Lactose maldigestion may be a causative or contributory factor that when identified may lead to improvement. Thus, formal diagnostic testing using breath hydrogen lactose challenge methods is encouraged. This review focuses on this important condition and management options.

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / etiology*
  • Abdominal Pain / prevention & control
  • Biopsy
  • Breath Tests
  • Child
  • Child Nutrition Sciences / education
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing
  • Humans
  • Lactose Intolerance / complications*
  • Lactose Intolerance / diagnosis
  • Lactose Intolerance / diet therapy*
  • Recurrence