Symptoms of Crohn's disease

The symptoms of Crohn's disease may be generalized or directly related to the digestive system.


Symptoms include abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhoea, and blood and mucus in the stool.


Some features are more specific for Crohn's disease, permitting it to be distinguished from ulcerative colitis. Anal abscesses and fistulas are characteristic, and nutritional deficiency and weight loss are much more common in Crohn's disease.

Extra-digestive manifestations of the disease may also be observed, particularly affecting the joints, skin and eyes. 

Article produced under the supervision of Dr Harry Sokol MD PhD. Gastroenterology and Nutrition Service, Hôpital Saint-Antoine, Paris.

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Last updated: 30/01/2019

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Department of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Saint-Antoine Hospital in Paris, specialisation: the role of microbiota in the immunity.

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