Chronic abdominal pain affects 10% to 12% of school-aged children. In 90% to 95% of such patients, no organic cause can be elicited. Certain behavioral and personality characteristics are frequently evident in these children. Significant stress is usually present in the families. The goal of the evaluation is education of the child and family about the abdominal pain. The reality of the pain is acknowledged, but the stress is dealt with as the primary issue.

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