Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2007;50(7):655-659.
Published online July 15, 2007.
Characteristics of functional gastrointestinal disorders in children with chronic abdominal pain
Ji Hyun Uhm
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Eulji University, Seoul, Korea
소아의 만성 복통에서 기능성 위장관 질환의 양상
엄지현
을지의과대학교 노원을지병원 소아과
Correspondence: 
Ji Hyun Uhm, Email: eomjie@eulji.ac.kr
Abstract
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.
Key Words: Functional gastrointestinal disorder, Abdominal pain, Children


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