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Cutaneous Crohn disease without gastrointestinal involvement in a 9-year-old boy

  • Author(s): Wang, Jason F
  • Melnick, Laura E
  • Penn, Lauren A
  • Brinster, Nooshin K
  • OzaMD, Vikash S
  • et al.
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Cutaneous Crohn disease (CCD) is a rare dermatologic manifestation of Crohn disease and is defined as noncaseating, granulomatous skin lesions noncontiguous with the gastrointestinal tract. It most commonly affects the skin of the legs, although genital CCD is the most common presentation in children. Diagnosis of CCD is made by a combination of clinical and histopathological findings. Therapeutic options include topical, intralesional, and systemic corticosteroids as well as topical and systemic immunosuppressants and immunomodulators. Surgical excision may be considered for refractory cases. We report CCD in a 9-year old boy with penile swelling, granulomatous cheilitis-like lesions, and perianal plaques.

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