Pediatric Illness Anxiety Disorder (Formerly Hypochondriasis) Workup

Updated: Jan 30, 2019
  • Author: Maria Sandra Cely-Serrano, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Workup

Laboratory Studies

See the list below:

  • Patients with hypochondriasis often seek exhaustive batteries of tests, which are often excessive relative to their symptoms. The diagnosis of somatoform disorder should not be a diagnosis of exclusion. Rather, the diagnosis should be based on the following positive findings: clear evidence that normal function is possible and a positive history of psychosocial stress, intrapsychic conflict, or both.

  • A thorough physical examination is indicated to rule out any pertinent medical conditions, along with a mental status examination and a psychosocial history.