How common is cholelithiasis (gallstones) in patients with Crohn disease?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Leyla J Ghazi, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Cholelithiasis is more frequent in patients with IBD than in the general population, probably because of bile salt pool alteration from malabsorption. Chronic active hepatitis and sclerosing cholangitis develop in fewer than 1% of children with Crohn disease. Sometimes, a hepatic abscess manifests as fever of unexplained origin.


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