The article reviewed earlier today on this blog (Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2014; 12: 2026-32) has been reviewed on the AGA blog as well (some of this information is redundant from earlier post):
Here’s a link to a summary of the article: AGA blog on RAP and here’s an excerpt: Sara Horst et al investigated whether pediatric functional abdominal pain leads to functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in adulthood. They performed a longitudinal analysis of 392 children (8−16 years old) initially seen at a subspecialty clinic for recurrent abdominal pain. Horst et al assessed the contribution of gastrointestinal symptoms, extra-intestinal somatic symptoms, and depressive symptoms to FGIDs 5−15 years later. They found that on average 9 years later, 41% met symptom criteria for FGID—mostly irritable bowel syndrome and functional dyspepsia. Levels of depressive symptoms in childhood correlated a greater likelihood of FGID later in life (see figure).