Functional abdominal symptoms in children: the role of the abdominal X-ray and measurement of colon transit time

M V Verhagen, I J N Koppen, M M Tabbers, M A Benninga, R R van Rijn

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Abstract

Functional constipation and functional non-retentive faecal incontinence are common problems in childhood; these functional defaecation disorders are diagnosed according to the Rome IV criteria. Here we describe the role of an abdominal X-ray in diagnosing functional defaecation disorders, and address the limited additional value of a plain abdominal X-ray. In limited cases it may be helpful to determine colonic transit time using an abdominal X-ray to differentiate between functional constipation and functional non-retentive faecal incontinence. The diagnostic value of abdominal X-rays in children with functional abdominal pain will be discussed. The aims of this article are to explore ways of reducing unnecessary use of abdominal X-rays and reducing unnecessary radiation exposure in children with functional defaecation disorders and functional abdominal pain.

Translated title of the contributionFunctional abdominal symptoms in children: the role of the abdominal X-ray and measurement of colon transit time
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)D1428
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume161
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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