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Essential information for patient and family

  • Recurrent unexplained physical symptoms (eg headaches, abdominal pains and fatigue) are very frequent in children and adolescents (about 10% in the general population). Severely incapacitating problems are far less common.
  • Few children develop explanatory physical illness at a later stage
  • Encouraging maintenance of or gradual resumption of normal activities is helpful

Last edited: 17/9/2003

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