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Perspectives on the clinical significance of functional pain syndromes in children

Authors Basch M, Chow E, Logan D, Schechter N, Simons L

Received 11 July 2015

Accepted for publication 28 August 2015

Published 7 October 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 675—686

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JPR.S55586

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Michael E Schatman


Molly C Basch,1,2 Erika T Chow,1,3 Deirdre E Logan,1,4 Neil L Schechter,4 Laura E Simons1,2,4

1Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, 2Boston Children's Hospital, Center for Pain and the Brain, PAIN Research Group, 3Boston University School of Medicine, Boston University, 4Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Abstract: Functional pain syndromes (FPS) characterize a subset of individuals who experience pain and related symptoms and disability without clear structural or disease etiology. In the pediatric population, FPS hold high clinical importance due to significant prevalence rates and potential to persist into adulthood. Although extensive research has been executed to disambiguate FPS, the syndromes that fall within its spectrum remain conceptually complex and sometimes ill-defined. This paper provides an overview of available research on the classification and multifaceted etiology of FPS in youth and their effects on interpersonal, psychological, and familial function. Vital aspects of a successful multidisciplinary approach to treating this population are described; however, it is evident that future research requires more longitudinal studies.

Keywords: overlapping chronic pain, functional pain, primary pain disorders, pediatrics, biopsychosocial model

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