What is the prevalence of growth failure in patients with pediatric Crohn disease?

Updated: Oct 23, 2018
  • Author: Andrew B Grossman, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Growth failure and delayed sexual development are common in adolescents and children with Crohn disease. Studies of the growth of these children have found that impairment of linear growth is common before diagnosis and in subsequent years. Decreased height velocity before the onset of intestinal symptoms can be observed in as many as 46% of patients with Tanner stage 1 or 2. Height at maturity is often compromised. The etiology of growth failure is multifactorial, with nutritional, hormonal, and disease-related factors all contributing.


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