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Topic: Lower Abdominal Pain, Pelvic Pain

  1. Fact Sheet: Bellyaches in Children


    By: Paul E. Hyman, MD

    Every child complains about a bellyache now and then. How can a parent tell what is wrong, and if it is dangerous? It is not always easy. Children less than 5 or 6 years of age often do not have the words to describe their sensations accurately. Toddlers do not separate emotional from physical distress. The young child's bellyache may represent hunger, fatigue, or a need to use the bathroom. School age children may wake with bellyaches on school days. Are they sick, or just anxious about an important test? Revised and updated 2009.

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  2. Fact Sheet: Functional Recurrent Abdominal Pain in Children and Adolescents


    By: John V. Campo, MD

    Without thinking much about it, most of us expect that doctors will be able to "explain" our aches, pains, and complaints by finding some sort of tissue damage or disease that causes our discomfort. Despite such expectations, many of us have learned that not all physical suffering can be neatly explained by a physical examination or by medical tests and procedures. Doctors call physical disorders that are real but not caused by tissue damage "functional" disorders. Children with recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) and their families struggle with this sometimes frustrating and confusing situation every day. This article reviews characteristics, causes, and treatments.

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  3. Fact Sheet: Report from IFFGD Research Award Winner: Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Assessment and Treatment


    By: Caroline Elder Danda, PhD

    I am particularly interested in identifying factors that predispose children and adolescents with functional gastrointestinal disorders to experience disability and identifying psychosocial factors that affect treatment outcome.

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  4. Fact Sheet: Report from IFFGD Research Award Winner: Home Based Guided Imagery to Treat Pediatric Functional Abdominal Pain


    By: Miranda A. L. van Tilburg

    Functional Abdominal Pain (FAP) is a frustrating condition for the family. The stomachaches and accompanying symptoms are unpredictable and not easily modifiable. Children may miss school and miss out on other things such as peer and family events. Many parents feel unable to cope and rely on medical professionals for diagnosis and treatment. Recent studies suggest that guided imagery and self-hypnosis are promising optioins for treating FAP.

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  5. Fact Sheet: Helping Children and Adolecents Cope With Abdominal Pain


    By: Lynn Walker, PhD

    Health professionals use the term 'cope' to describe how we respond to difficult or unwanted situations. Children or adolescents who have bowel disorders need help to cope effectively with symptoms of recurrent abdominal pain and unpredictable bowel symptoms as they go about their daily lives. A knowledgeable physician or therapist can help provide the family and the child with positive skills to help respond effectively. In this article Dr. Walker provides useful tips on: going to school, using the bathrooms, and interacting with teachers and classmates. 

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  6. Fact Sheet: Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction


    By: William F. Norton, Communications Director, IFFGD; Carlo DiLorenzo, MD

    Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIP) is a rare disorder of gastrointestinal motility where coordinated contractions (peristalsis) in the intestinal tract become altered and inefficient. When this happens, nutritional requirements cannot be adequately met. This article discusses the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments of CIP. Reviewed 2009.

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  7. Fact Sheet: Report From IFFGD Research Award Winner: Functional Abdominal Pain in Children and Adolescents


    By: Miguel Saps, MD; Gati Dhroove, MD

    Miguel Saps, M.D. is the recipient of the 2009 IFFGD Research Award for Junior Investigator, Pediatrics. Dr. Saps is an innovative researcher who has done much to increase understanding of the prevalence and impact of functional GI disorders among children, as well as how to help children with functional abdominal pain. He is instrumental in establishing clinical care models for children with complex pain predominant conditions.

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  8. DHM: Digestive Health Matters 18.04 - Winter 2009 - ELECTRONIC PDF


    By: International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders IFFGD

    Digestive Health Matters 18.04 - Winter 2009 - ELECTRONIC PDF

    In this issue:

    • A Message from IFFGD
    • Probiotics and Functional GI Symptoms
    • GERD and Sleep
    • Complexity of IBS
    • What are Clinical Trials or Studies
    • Take Part in Research
    • IFFGD Industry Council News – New Treatments
    • Clinical Trials Listings
    • Functional Abdominal Pain in Children and Adolescents

    Remember, Digestive Health Matters is FREE to Members.

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