Functional abdominal pain disorders (FAPDs) and functional defecation disorders (FDDs) are frequent in children and adolescents, but Caribbean prevalence estimates are unavailable. As a result, the goal was to find out how often FAPDs and FDDs are in teenagers in Curacao, as well as how psychosocial variables impact the frequency of FAPDs and FDDs. The Rome IV Questionnaire on Pediatric Gastrointestinal Disorders was used to determine the prevalence of FAPDs and FDDs in children and adolescents aged 11 to 18 years in Curacao (RIV-QPGD). The Rome IV criteria were used to diagnose FAPDs and FDDs. As related variables, sociodemographic traits, somatic symptoms, early adverse life experiences, stressful life events, and physical and emotional abuse were investigated. 783 of the 946 questionnaires distributed were chosen for further study. Adolescents had an average age of 14.7 years, with 61.7 percent being female. There were 266 adolescents who satisfied the Rome IV criteria for at least one FAPD or FDD. Twenty-nine teenagers were diagnosed with two functional gastrointestinal diseases. The most common problems were functional constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Dizziness was shown to be substantially related to having a FAPD or FDD in multivariate logistic regression analysis.
FAPDs and FDDs are frequent in Curacao’s teenage population. The existence of a FAPD or FDD is related to dizziness.