How common are ophthalmologic complications of pediatric Crohn disease?

Updated: Oct 23, 2018
  • Author: Andrew B Grossman, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Ophthalmologic manifestations most frequently occur when the disease is active. The rate is 4% in the adult population but is lower in children and adolescents. Episcleritis and anterior uveitis are the most common ocular findings. The uveitis is usually symptomatic, causing pain or decreased visual acuity. Increased intraocular pressure and cataracts may be observed in children who receive corticosteroid therapy. All patients with Crohn disease require ophthalmologic examination at regular intervals.


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