Chronic granulomatous disease mimicking Crohn's disease

J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 1985 Jun;4(3):498-501. doi: 10.1097/00005176-198506000-00030.


A 34-month-old boy with intermittent diarrhoea and abdominal distension from 2 months of age, a chronic microabscess of the cheek, gastric antral narrowing, and perianal abscesses containing granulomata was found at colonscopy to have extensive, noncaseating, submucosal ileal and colonic granulomata. He was initially thought to have Crohn's disease, but then developed a cervical abscess, and a diagnosis of chronic granulomatous disease was established. This is an important, although rare, differential diagnosis of chronic inflammatory bowel disease in childhood.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / etiology
  • Biopsy
  • Child, Preschool
  • Crohn Disease / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Escherichia coli Infections
  • Granulomatous Disease, Chronic / complications
  • Granulomatous Disease, Chronic / diagnosis*
  • Granulomatous Disease, Chronic / pathology
  • Humans
  • Ileum / pathology
  • Lymphatic Diseases / etiology
  • Male