Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in Children: What Is New?

J Paed Child Health. 2020 May 29. doi: 10.1111/jpc.14857. Online ahead of print.

Scott Nightingale 1 2, Ajay Sharma 3 4


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1Department of Gastroenterology, John Hunter Children's Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

2Priority Research Centre GrowUpWell, Hunter Medical Research Institute, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

3Department of Gastroenterology, Joondalup Health Campus, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

4Perth Paediatrics, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.


Abdominal pain-predominant functional gastrointestinal disorders encompass a group of chronic conditions featuring abdominal pain where no serious gastrointestinal or intra-abdominal pathology is present. The Rome IV classification system defines and categorises this group based on symptomatology as: functional dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, functional abdominal pain - not otherwise specified and abdominal migraine. These conditions can impact the functioning of the child and family significantly and are challenging to manage. Although the causes of these conditions are not clear, recent years have seen an improved understanding of underlying pathophysiology and identification of effective management options for these conditions.

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