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Vol. 24 - Num. 93

Evidence based Pediatrics

Treatment of abdominal functional pain: the eternal debate

Begoña Pérez-Moneo Agapitoa, Manuel Molina Ariasb

aServicio de Pediatría. Hospital Universitario Infanta Leonor. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Madrid. España.
bServicio de Gastroenterología. Hospital Infantil Universitario La Paz. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Madrid. España.

Correspondence: B Pérez-Moneo. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Pérez-Moneo Agapito B, Molina Arias M. Treatment of abdominal functional pain: the eternal debate. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2022;24:89-91.

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Authors´ conclusions: although both treatment modalities studied are effective, cognitive-behavioral treatment is somewhat more effective in the long term than usual medical care for the treatment of pediatric functional abdominal pain.

Reviewers´ commentary: there is evidence that the treatment of functional abdominal pain should be based on non-pharmacological treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, rather than on the use of drugs. It would be desirable to identify which factors will make a child do better with cognitive-behavioral therapies compared to those others in which no results are obtained, to offer each one an individualized option.


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