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Recurrent Abdominal Pain and Infantile Colic

Recurrent Abdominal Pain and Infantile Colic Abstract Sir.—Recurrent abdominal pain is a fairly common and difficult problem to treat in the pediatric and early adolescent period. Patients are considered to suffer from this entity who have three episodes or more of abdominal pain in a period of at least three months.1 An organic cause has been reported in 5% to 50% of cases (R. Barr, personal communication, 1981).2 However, in most reported series, the cause in the great majority of cases has been considered to be nonorganic. Another very common pediatric problem is infantile colic, which usually occurs during the first three or four months of life but may occasionally persist somewhat longer. Again, no organic or physiologic cause is usually present.3 A relationship between these entities has been suggested.4 To explore this possible relationship, we reviewed all of our infants born in the year 1967 who were followed up thereafter in References 1. Meadow AM: The Child and His Symptoms , ed 3. London, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1978, p 138. 2. Recurrent abdominal pain in children . Med J Aust 1977;1:708-710. 3. Rudolph AM: Pediatrics , ed 17. New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1982, p 941. 4. Lebenthal E: Recurrent abdominal pain in children . AJDC 1980;134:347-348. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

Recurrent Abdominal Pain and Infantile Colic

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1984 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140480092032
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Abstract

Abstract Sir.—Recurrent abdominal pain is a fairly common and difficult problem to treat in the pediatric and early adolescent period. Patients are considered to suffer from this entity who have three episodes or more of abdominal pain in a period of at least three months.1 An organic cause has been reported in 5% to 50% of cases (R. Barr, personal communication, 1981).2 However, in most reported series, the cause in the great majority of cases has been considered to be nonorganic. Another very common pediatric problem is infantile colic, which usually occurs during the first three or four months of life but may occasionally persist somewhat longer. Again, no organic or physiologic cause is usually present.3 A relationship between these entities has been suggested.4 To explore this possible relationship, we reviewed all of our infants born in the year 1967 who were followed up thereafter in References 1. Meadow AM: The Child and His Symptoms , ed 3. London, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1978, p 138. 2. Recurrent abdominal pain in children . Med J Aust 1977;1:708-710. 3. Rudolph AM: Pediatrics , ed 17. New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1982, p 941. 4. Lebenthal E: Recurrent abdominal pain in children . AJDC 1980;134:347-348.

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 1, 1984

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