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Background: This study aimed to survey the use of complementary and alternative medicine CAM therapies in Japanese children with major pediatric surgical diseases. Methods: This survey was mailed to each family of 355 patients. Results: One hundred fifty-three 43% of 355 mailed questionnaires were completely returned. Forty-one 27% of 153 parents responded that they used CAM for their child. There was no significant difference in CAM use according to sex, mean age, follow-up duration, family CAM users, and associated disorders between CAM users and non-users. Children with inflammatory bowel disease IBD were significantly more likely to use CAM than children without IBD 65% vs 21%, p = 0.0001. Only 20% of parents informed the attending physicians about CAM before its use. Conclusions: It is important for physicians caring for children with pediatric surgical disease, especially IBD, to be familiar with common forms of CAM.

KEYWORDS

Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Children; Pediatric Surgery

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Uchida, K. , Inoue, M. , Otake, K. , Koike, Y. and Kusunoki, M. 2013 Complementary and alternative medicine use by Japanese children with pediatric surgical diseases. Open Journal of Pediatrics, 3, 49-53. doi: 10.4236-ojped.2013.32010.





Autor: Keiichi Uchida, Mikihiro Inoue, Kohei Otake, Yuhki Koike, Masato Kusunoki

Fuente: http://www.scirp.org/



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