What is the prognosis of pediatric Crohn disease?

Updated: Oct 23, 2018
  • Author: Andrew B Grossman, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Although Crohn disease may have a sizable effect on the life of a child or adolescent, with appropriate treatment and support, the prognosis is good, and the risk of a fatal outcome is extremely low.

Death from Crohn disease is extremely rare in children and adolescents. Severe and complicated Crohn disease may result in prolonged hospitalizations, multiple surgical procedures, growth failure, malnutrition, pubertal delay, and poor quality of life.

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