What is the presentation of pediatric Crohn disease of the small intestine?

Updated: Oct 23, 2018
  • Author: Andrew B Grossman, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Children with Crohn disease of the small intestine usually present with evidence of malabsorption, including the following:

  • Diarrhea

  • Abdominal pain

  • Growth deceleration

  • Weight loss

  • Anorexia

Initially, manifestations of malabsorption may be quite subtle. The onset of growth failure is usually insidious and may precede GI symptoms by years.


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