Crohn’s disease in adolescence: presentation and treatment
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Crohn’s disease in adolescence: presentation and treatment

Mick Cullen Paediatric gastroenterology nurse specialist, Southampton Children’s Hospital, Southampton, England
Claire Barnes Paediatric gastroenterology nurse specialist, Southampton Children’s Hospital, Southampton, England

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel condition that affects more than 115,000 people in the UK. This article focuses on Crohn’s disease in adolescents. Management of the condition in this group should address adolescent-specific characteristics and treatment goals. Key elements include optimising growth, pubertal development and social functioning, including education. The condition can affect an individual’s mental and emotional wellbeing significantly, as well as their physical health. As adolescence is a time of great change, the additional burden of a chronic illness can prove difficult to manage. The authors provide information on the presentation of Crohn’s disease in adolescence and insights into the particular issues encountered by this group.

Nursing Standard. 29, 37, 50-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.37.50.e9711

Correspondence

mick.cullen@uhs.nhs.uk

Peer review

All articles are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Received: 24 October 2014

Accepted: 30 January 2015

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