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Adolesc Med. 1998 Feb;9(1):101-14, vi.

Progress in diagnosis and understanding chronic pain syndromes in children and adolescents.

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  • 1Department of Child Health, University of Missouri School of Medicine, University of Missouri Health Sciences Center, Columbia 65212, USA.


The frequency of chronic pain syndromes in pediatric rheumatology has increased over the past 25 years. Diagnosis is complex: underlying organic illness, somatization, and growing pains are all possibilities. The author reviews pain studies involving children and adolescents, offers guidelines to classify chronic pain syndromes, and describes different pain modalities.

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