Crohn's Disease
Signs and Symptoms

Common symptoms of Crohn's disease include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps and pain
  • Fever
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Poor growth
  • Joint pain
  • Unusual skin rash

During periods of active symptoms, your child may also experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Fissures: tears in the lining of the anus
  • Fistulas: tunnels that connect the intestine to the bladder, vagina or skin
  • Mouth or skin lesions

Because chronic diarrhea and inflammation can reduce the amount of nutrients absorbed from food, some children with Crohn's disease have stunted growth and delayed development.

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Related Information

UCSF Clinics & Centers

Gastroenterology & Nutritional Disorders

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2813
Urgent Appointment Requests:: (415) 353-1235
Fax: (415) 476-1343
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