Crohn's disease is an inflammatory intestinal disease of unknown etiology. The disease primarily affects whites, with both sexes being affected equally. A genetic predisposition exists. Symptoms frequently present in the second to third decades of life, although they may present in the pediatric and/or geriatric populations. Oral lesions are significant as they are frequently reported to precede intestinal symptoms. Treatment of Crohn's disease is palliative, with a focus on remission. Pediatric and general dentists play a critical role in the early diagnosis of Crohn's disease. Evaluation of a pediatric patient with complaints of oral ulcerations, as well as gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, and/or weight loss requires prompt referral to a gastroenterologist for further evaluation for Crohn's disease.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Jul 1 2004|
- Crohn's disease
- Oral ulcerations
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