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Clin Psychol Rev. 2007 Oct;27(7):855-71. Epub 2007 Jul 17.

Medically unexplained symptoms in children and adolescents.

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  • 1Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 OJR, UK.


A review is presented of the range of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) in children and adolescents, with an account of the main presentations that are recognised in clinical settings in paediatric and children's mental health services. A summary of both epidemiological and clinical studies of symptoms and their associations is given, followed by a brief overview of aetiological theories and of management interventions.

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