Evolution of disease phenotype in pediatric-onset Crohn's disease after more than 10 years follow up—Cohort study

Firas Rinawi*, Amit Assa, Corina Hartman, Yael Mozer Glassberg, Vered Nachmias Friedler, Yoram Rosenbach, Ari Silbermintz, Noam Zevit, Raanan Shamir

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Background Pediatric-onset Crohn's disease (CD) is a heterogeneous disorder which is subjected to progression and complications in a substantial proportion of patients. Aims We aimed to assess the progression in pediatric-onset CD phenotype on long term follow up. Methods Medical charts of pediatric onset CD patients with at least 10 years follow-up were analyzed retrospectively. Disease phenotype was determined at diagnosis and during follow up at different time points. Phenotype was determined according to the Paris classification. The impact of possible predictors on phenotype progression was assessed as well as the association between different therapeutic regimens during disease course and phenotype progression. Results Progression of disease location, behavior, and perianal involvement was observed in 20%, 38% and 20% of patients, respectively, after a median follow-up of 16.4 (±4.4) years. Microscopic ileocolonic disease at diagnosis was significant predictors for progression of disease extent. Treatment with anti tumor necrosis factor-ɑ agents and number of flares per years of follow-up were associated with progression of disease extent, behavior and perianal involvement. Conclusion Disease extent, behavior and prevalence of perianal disease change significantly over time in pediatric-onset CD. In our cohort, most clinical, laboratory and endoscopic parameters do not serve as predictors for long-term disease progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1444-1450
Number of pages7
JournalDigestive and Liver Disease
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Crohn's disease
  • Long-term follow-up
  • Phenotype progression


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