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Pediatric Crohn's disease


Other Names for this Disease
  • Pediatric onset Crohn's disease
  • Crohn's disease, pediatric
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Overview

Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the general name for conditions that cause inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Common signs and symptoms include abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhea, and weight loss. Other general symptoms include feeling tired, nausea and loss of appetite, fever, and anemia. Complications of Crohn's disease may include intestinal blockage, fistulas, anal fissures, ulcers, malnutrition, and inflammation in other areas of the body. 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.[1][2]
Last updated: 3/15/2016

References

  1. Crohn's disease. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). September 2014; http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/crohns-disease/Pages/facts.aspx.
  2. Aaron E. Walfish, David B. Sachar. Crohn Disease. Merck Manual Consumer Version. 2016; http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/digestive-disorders/inflammatory-bowel-diseases-ibd/crohn-disease?qt=&sc=&alt=.
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Basic Information

  • Just Like Me! , a Web site for kids and teens with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease sponsored by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

In Depth Information

  • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Pediatric Crohn's disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Pediatric onset Crohn's disease
  • Crohn's disease, pediatric
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.