Conditions & Treatments

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease causes chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract, usually affecting the small bowel. 10 - 15% of patients with Crohn's are children, and the childhood prevalence appears to be increasing.

Signs/Symptoms (may develop gradually or have sudden onset)

  • Abdominal pain
  • Recurrent diarrhea
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Bleeding
  • Weight loss
  • Low grade fever
  • Low energy
  • May have ulcers or fistulas around the anus


  • Many patients with Crohn's disease may need surgery if symptoms cannot be controlled by medication. 
  • Some children with limited Crohn's disease will improve greatly with removal of the affected part of the intestine. 
  • In general, surgery is used to remove damaged areas of the small intestine or colon.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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