Authors' conclusions: twenty-nine percent of children with the diagnosis of recurrent abdominal pain may still suffer from it after years of follow up. Additional diagnosis testing in absence of alarming symptoms does not influence their prognosis.
Reviewers' comantary: in around 30% of children with the diagnosis of recurrent abdominal pain, the pain may persist during years. Nevertheless, in absence of alarming symptoms there is not justification to make additional diagnosis testing, because it will not change the prognosis. Probably there is a multifactorial mechanism on the base of this persistence that needs further investigation.