What should be the focus of the physical exam for suspected Crohn disease?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Leyla J Ghazi, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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The physical examination should focus on temperature, weight, nutritional status, the presence of abdominal tenderness or a mass, perianal and rectal examination findings, and extraintestinal manifestations (EIMs). Vital signs are usually normal in patients with Crohn disease, though tachycardia may be present in anemic or dehydrated patients. Chronic intermittent fever is a common presenting sign.


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