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Somatoform Disorders and Related Syndromes

  • Margaret E. McCahill

Abstract

Patients who come to their family physician with somatic complaints and no objective findings suffer greatly and are a challenge to their physicians, their families, and their health care insurance companies. It has been estimated that 25% to 75% of visits to primary care physicians are due to psychosocial problems with somatic presentations.1-3 These patients may consume half of the physician’s time, and although usually given a different diagnosis, those who meet the diagnostic criteria for somatization disorder alone represent 5% of patients seen in the outpatient setting, making it the fourth most common problem seen in family practice.3

Keywords

Family Physician Body Dysmorphic Disorder Pain Disorder General Medical Condition Acute Intermittent Porphyria 
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