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Patients with psychogenic abdominal pain: six years' observation in the medical setting
Am J Psychiatry 1982;139:1549-1557.
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The author presents data on 24 patients with psychogenic abdominal pain who were followed by nonpsychiatric physicians for up to 6 years. Twenty were women, many of whose symptoms related to loss. Several personality patterns were observed, including histrionic personality, depression, pain-prone personality, and hypochondriasis. No patient sought psychiatric care, although 4 patients eventually required psychiatric hospitalization. Two patients had medical disorders that contributed to the symptoms, and 1 patient died of carcinoma. Pain resolved in only 1 of the patients, but psychosocial functioning improved in half. Those with a shorter duration of pain and no abnormal personality patterns had a better prognosis.

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