Recurrent Abdominal Pain

  • Kay Hodges
  • Daniel J. Burbach


Recurrent abdominal pain (RAP), as described in Apley’s (1975) seminal work, refers to a constellation of symptoms characterized by at least three episodes of abdominal pain, severe enough to interfere with psychosocial functioning, over a period of at least 3 months. In addition to the patient’s own distress, RAP in children and adolescents often engenders feelings of frustration among family members and treating practitioners. In fact, the difficulties of assessing, diagnosing, and treating this ailment are considerable.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Lactase Deficiency Pupillary Response Recurrent Abdominal Pain Somatization Disorder 
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  • Daniel J. Burbach

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