Signs That Your Child Might Have Crohn’s Disease
If your child has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, you most likely — and understandably– have many questions and concerns. To navigate through this disease, it’s important that you know exactly what this autoimmune disorder is.
Crohn’s disease, also known as regional enteritis, is an inflammatory bowel disease that potentially can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anal opening. Fortunately, this is a pretty uncommon condition. The chance of finding a patient with Crohn’s disease is about one in 5,000, and of this number, about 20 percent are children.
The most commonly affected sites include the end of the small intestines, called the ileum, and the beginning of the large intestine, called the cecum. Ileo-cecal Crohn’s disease affects 50 percent to 60 percent of patients, while isolated ileal disease is seen in 30 percent of patients, and colonic disease, which affects the large intestine, is seen in 20 percent of patients.