The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 85, Issue 1, pp 71–76 | Cite as

Child with Abdominal Pain

  • Rajalakshmi Iyer
  • Karthi Nallasamy
Review Article


Abdominal pain is one of the common symptoms reported by children in urgent care clinics. While most children tend to have self-limiting conditions, the treating pediatrician should watch out for underlying serious causes like intestinal obstruction and perforation peritonitis, which require immediate referral to an emergency department (ED). Abdominal pain may be secondary to surgical or non-surgical causes, and will differ as per the age of the child. The common etiologies for abdominal pain presenting to an urgent care clinic are acute gastro-enteritis, constipation and functional abdominal pain; however, a variety of extra-abdominal conditions may also present as abdominal pain. Meticulous history taking and physical examination are the best tools for diagnosis, while investigations have a limited role in treating benign etiologies.


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RI did the literature search and drafted the manuscript. KN guided the framework of the manuscript and did a critical review and approved the version to be published. Dr. Muralidharan Jayashree will act as guarantor for this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Advanced Pediatrics CentrePostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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