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Persistent somatic symptoms are common, costly and disabling. They can affect every organ system, individuals of all ages, ethnic groups and socioeconomic strata, although the risk is increased in women and lower socioeconomic strata. Functional limitations are as severe in persistent somatic symptoms in the absence of disease as in well-defined chronic diseases.
Etiological concepts are still unresolved and differ between medical specialties having important consequences for patients. Given the high prevalence and associated burden, a shared understanding and better conceptualisation of persistent somatic symptoms is urgently needed in order to optimise clinical management.
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