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Module 8 - Abdominal Pain

Goal

Students will gain knowledge and develop the clinical skills to diagnose and treat common causes of abdominal pain in children in the outpatient pediatric setting.

Objectives:

Following the outpatient pediatric rotation, the student will be able to:

  1. Clinically examine a child with abdominal pain and understand the importance of a rectal exam
  2. Create a differential diagnosis for abdominal pain in a child (constipation, functional abdominal pain, irritable bowel, GERD, celiac disease)
  3. Name "red flags" in the history and/or physical exam that may indicate an organic pathology for abdominal pain in a child (ex: age < 5 or > 15, specific location of abd pain, apthous ulcers, perianal skin tags, masses, etc.)
  4. Describe how a growth chart can help in the evaluation of a child with abdominal pain

Resources:

NASPGHAN Guidelines - Consensus Statements/Clinical Reports - Chronic Abdominal Pain in Children

Abdominal exam video: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia   

High Value CLIPP Case: Module G

reviewed 02/2016