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Abdominal migraine

Abdominal migraine (AM) is a syndrome which presents as recurrent episodes of severe abdominal pain, coupled with autonomic symptoms, nausea and emesis. Historically it has tended to be a pediatric diagnosis, but is now increasingly seen in adults. It is one of the functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) 1. Similar to the other FGIDs its pathogenesis remains unresolved despite extensive ongoing work.

Epidemiology

 

Clinical presentation

 

It is a poorly understood disorder largely due to a limited recognition of this condition by the medical community. However, the publication of AM diagnostic guidelines by the International Headache Society a decade ago and the recognition of AM in the Rome Classification of functional gastrointestinal disorders have helped to legitimise this disorder and facilitate research.

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