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Pediatric Crohns disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Crohns disease, pediatric
- Pediatric onset Crohns disease
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Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the general name for conditions that cause inflammation in the intestines. Common signs and symptoms include abdominal pain and diarrhea. Bleeding from the rectum, weight loss, joint pain, skin problems and fever may also occur. Other problems can include intestinal blockage and malnutrition. Crohn's disease can occur in people of all age groups but is most often diagnosed in young adults. The exact cause is unknown, but is thought to involve both genetic and environmental factors. It appears to run in some families. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms and reducing inflammation, but some people require surgery. Quitting smoking can also improve the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
- Crohn's disease. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NIDDC). http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/crohns/index.htm. Accessed July 29, 2010.
- David B. Sachar, Aaron E. Walfish. Crohn's Disease. Merck Manuals. http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/digestive_disorders/inflammatory_bowel_diseases_ibd/crohns_disease.html?qt=&sc=&alt=. Accessed Octoer 15, 2012.
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- UC and Crohn's, a Web site for kids and teens with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease sponsored by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Pediatric Crohns disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.