Chronic or Recurrent Abdominal Pain

Ayman Koteish, Anthony N. Kalloo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Abdominal pain, be it acute or chronic, remains the most common and most challenging complaint in gastroenterology and family medicine practices, for it encompasses a wide spectrum of etiologies. This chapter will focus on chronic abdominal pain, and will discuss its basic pathophysiology and localization, and will subdivide chronic abdominal pain into distinct categories in order to make the approach to diagnosis and management more focused. The abdomen-specific physical examination will then be discussed, as well as the initial work-up, which will help narrow the differential diagnosis in order to provide a more comprehensive therapeutic approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTextbook of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1405191821, 9781405191821
StatePublished - Apr 16 2012


  • Abdomen
  • Chronic pain
  • Functional pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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