Psychiatric presentation of Crohn's disease. Diagnostic delay and increased morbidity.
H Rickards, M Prendergast, I W Booth


Four children presented to child psychiatric clinics with a variety of symptoms. They were all later recognised as having Crohn's disease. There was a significant delay between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis, compared with a control group of patients with Crohn's disease whose presentation was with predominantly gastrointestinal symptoms, which was associated with evidence of increased morbidity. Children with abdominal and psychiatric symptoms occurring in combination need serial assessments of physical status, including height and weight, and measurements of inflammatory and nutritional status.