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Clinical Consult: Evaluation and management of stomach pain

acheEvery child experiences stomach aches and pains. Identifying its cause is the tricky part.

According to Boston Children’s Hospital’s Lori Zimmerman, MD, a gastroenterologist with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, abdominal pain accounts for 2-to-4 percent of pediatrician visits, and 25 percent of pediatric GI referrals.

“In most cases, generalized abdominal pain without other red flags, is a manifestation of a other common conditions such as chronic constipationfunctional abdominal pain, or lactose intolerance,” Zimmerman says. “If the pain is chronic, it is also worth evaluating for other chronic gastrointestinal conditions, such as celiac disease.”

Dr. Zimmerman examines these conditions and offers tools to evaluate and manage pediatric stomach pain in the primary care setting. …Read More