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Volume 5 (2005), Pages 64-70
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2005.10
Review Article

Recurrent Lower Abdominal Pain in Older Children and Adolescents: Revised Clinical Approach

1Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY 40536, USA
2Section of Adolescent Medicine, University of Kentucky Medical Center, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY 40536, USA

Received 29 November 2004; Revised 23 December 2004; Accepted 24 December 2004

Copyright © 2005 Harohalli Shashidhar and Hatim A. Omar.

Abstract

Pelvic and lower abdominal pain constitutes more than 30% of the referrals to our adolescent medicine and gastroenterology clinics. These cases are responsible for numerous school absences and significant cost to the healthcare system. This article will review the most common causes of lower abdominal and pelvic pain in adolescents, diagnostic and management issues, as well as prevention.