Update in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease

Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2013 Nov;39(4):789-99. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2013.03.010. Epub 2013 Jul 17.


The incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, in children is on the rise. Pediatric patients with IBD are especially vulnerable to the physical and psychosocial morbidities of this disorder. Unique aspects of pediatric IBD patients compared to adult patients warrants an individualized approach to management regardless of age. This review focuses on the special aspects of pediatric IBD and the implications for the diagnosis and management of this disease.

Keywords: Crohn disease; Inflammatory bowel disease; Pediatrics; Ulcerative colitis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bone Diseases, Metabolic / prevention & control*
  • Child
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / diagnosis*
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / psychology
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / therapy
  • Crohn Disease / diagnosis*
  • Crohn Disease / psychology
  • Crohn Disease / therapy
  • Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal
  • Humans
  • Immunization*
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use


  • Immunosuppressive Agents

Supplementary concepts

  • Pediatric Crohn's disease