What are the signs and symptoms 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 diarrhea, abdominal pain, growth deceleration, weight loss, and anorexia. Initially, these symptoms may be quite subtle. The onset of growth failure is usually insidious, and any child or adolescent with persistent alterations in growth should undergo appropriate diagnostic evaluation for Crohn disease. Growth failure may precede GI symptoms by years.


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