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Year : 1994  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 170-172

Psychiatric Morbidity in Patients with Chronic Abdominal Pain


1 (Formerly) Senior Registrar, Department of Medicine, S.P. Medical College & P.B.M. Group of Hospitals, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
2 Professor of Medicine, S.P. Medical College & P.B.M. Group of Hospitals, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
3 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, S.P. Medical College & P.B.M. Group of Hospitals, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
4 Associate Professor of Psychiatry, S.P. Medical College & P.B.M. Group of Hospitals, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

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S S Kachhwaha
A-76, Kami Nagar, Naganachiji Area, Pawanpuri, Bikaner, Rajasthan 334 003
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Fifty cases of chronic non-specific abdominal pain were studied prospectively. All patients were subjected to a detailed clinical examination and investigations related to gastrointestinal system. A full psychiatric assessment was done with application of Goldberg's 60 item's General Health Questionnaire. Thirty four (68%) patients had psychiatric symptoms, of whom twenty six (52%) had a definite psychiatric illness while the remaining eight patients had organic illness. Sixteen patients (32%) had a pure organic illness. Dysthymic disorder constituted the main (22%) psychiatric illness.



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