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Long-term medical consequences of incest, rape, and molestation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2000519     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One hundred thirty-one patients who gave a history of childhood sexual abuse were seen in a general medical practice decades after the event and were compared with a control group. The subject patients were found to be distinct for chronic depression, morbid obesity, marital instability, high utilization of medical care, and certain psychosomatic symptoms, particularly chronic gastrointestinal distress and recurrent headaches. It is clear that these remote events can underlie difficult chronic medical problems. Questions about childhood sexual abuse must become part of the practitioner's review of systems in these difficult cases, if not routinely.
V J Felitti
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Southern medical journal     Volume:  84     ISSN:  0038-4348     ISO Abbreviation:  South. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1991 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-04-10     Completed Date:  1991-04-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404522     Medline TA:  South Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  328-31     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Preventive Medicine, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, San Diego 92111.
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MeSH Terms
Child Abuse, Sexual / complications*,  psychology
Chronic Disease
Depression / etiology
Follow-Up Studies
Gastrointestinal Diseases / etiology
Headache / etiology
Incest* / psychology
Obesity, Morbid / etiology
Psychophysiologic Disorders / etiology
Rape* / psychology
Comment In:
South Med J. 1992 Jun;85(6):671   [PMID:  1604404 ]

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