Research Article

Chronic inflammatory bowel disease in childhood.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 284 doi: (Published 09 January 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;284:101
  1. S K Chong,
  2. C Bartram,
  3. C A Campbell,
  4. C B Williams,
  5. A J Blackshaw,
  6. J A Walker-Smith


    The diagnosis of Crohn's disease in childhood has been facilitated by the use of fibreoptic endoscopy with biopsies, complemented by double-contrast radiology. Clinical suspicion leads initially to several relevant blood tests. These are followed by endoscopy and multiple colonic biopsies or barium follow-through studies depending on whether large-bowel or small-bowel disease is suspected. The present approach to diagnosis is based on corroborative investigative techniques-endoscopy, radiology, and histology, The availability of paediatric colonoscopes of small diameter should make it possible for paediatricians to perform limited examinations, but when more extensive endoscopy is indicated the child should be referred to special centres.