What are the general goals of treatment for pediatric Crohn disease?

Updated: Oct 23, 2018
  • Author: Andrew B Grossman, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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The general goals of treatment for children with Crohn disease are as follows:

  • To achieve the best possible clinical, laboratory, and histologic control of the inflammatory disease with the least adverse effects from medication

  • To promote growth with adequate nutrition

  • To permit the patient to function as normally as possible (eg, in terms of school attendance and participation in activities)

Treatment has changed over the past few years, reflecting the development of new agents that can target specific locations in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and specific cytokines.

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