Abstract: Objective: Bodily distress syndrome (BDS) was recently introduced as an empirically based, unifying diagnosis for so-called medically unexplained symptoms and syndromes. BDS relies on a specific symptom pattern rather than on a lack of objective findings, which may increase the risk of overlooking physical disease. We investigated whether physical disease was missed in the first patients diagnosed with BDS.Method: The study was a register-based follow-up study of 120 patients diagnosed with BDS at a University Clinic from 2005 to 2007.

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