What are the effects of pediatric Crohn disease on a child’s development?

Updated: Oct 23, 2018
  • Author: Andrew B Grossman, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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In addition to the common gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms (diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and abdominal pain), children often experience growth failure, malnutrition, pubertal delay, and bone demineralization. Other problems unique to the pediatric population include the paucity of controlled clinical trials and the psychological issues that occur in children and adolescents with Crohn disease. These problems necessitate a medical approach that promotes clinical improvement and reverses growth failure with minimal toxicity.

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