What are the initial signs and symptoms of Crohn disease (CD)?

Updated: Oct 02, 2017
  • Author: David A Piccoli, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Perianal disease, including fissures, skin tags, fistulae, and abscesses, occurs in 15% of children with CD and may precede the intestinal manifestations by several years, leading to a misdiagnosis that may include infectious colitis, iron deficiency anemia, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and growth disorders.


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