The article on recurrent abdominal pain, headache and limb pains by Dr. Øster1 in the September issue of Pediatrics will, I am sure, bring almost as much reader comment as was generated by Dr. Barbero's2 May 1970 article on recurrent abdominal pain.

In one series of 96 children with the allergic tension-fatigue syndrome seen in our Pediatric Allergy Clinic and privately, the six most common complaints–other than respiratory tract symptoms which usually motivated their referral–were in order: headache, 61%; recurrent abdominal pain, 58%; nervous tension or irritability, 52%; pallor, 52%; fatigue or tiredness, 47%; and limb pains, 36%.

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