Recurrent abdominal pain and discomfort

  • Michael Lancaster-Smith
  • Kenneth G. D. Williams
Part of the Problems in Practice Series book series (PRIP, volume 7)


It is frequently necessary to investigate many patients who complain of recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort. However, attention to the history will often make the diagnosis obvious and lead to more logical and fruitful approach. It is particularly important to note the nature, severity, frequency and duration of each bout. It must be ascertained whether the pain is localized to a single site or diffuse and whether there is radiation to other areas. Finally, what are the particular factors that precipitate or relieve the symptoms?


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Peptic Ulcer Severe Acute Pancreatitis Gallbladder Disease Dyspeptic Symptom 
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© M. Lancaster-Smith 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Lancaster-Smith
    • 1
  • Kenneth G. D. Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Queen Mary’s HospitalSidcup, KentUK
  2. 2.Farnborough HospitalOrpington, KentUK

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