Oral ulcerations as a sign of Crohn's disease in a pediatric patient: A case report

Mary Stavropoulos, Joseph Katz, Marcio Guelmann, Enrique Bimstein

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-358
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric dentistry
Volume26
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Crohn's disease
  • Oral ulcerations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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