• Leone Nauri
Part of the Updates in Surgery book series (UPDATESSURG)


Crohn’s disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) of unknown etiology that predominantly affects young adults. It can involve any part of the gastrointestinal tract, most commonly, the terminal ileum, the colon, or both, and its course is characterized by exacerbations and remissions. It may also involve organs outside the gastrointestinal tract. Some of these extraintestinal manifestions are true components of CD while others are complications caused by malnutrition, chronic inflammation, or the side effects of therapy, which make the differential diagnosis accordingly difficult [1,2]. Moreover, the extraintestinal manifestations may or may not correlate with disease activity but nonetheless can have a high impact on the quality of life, morbidity, and mortality of CD patients.


Inflammatory Bowel Disease Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Autoimmune Hepatitis Liver Abscess Extraintestinal Manifestation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leone Nauri
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  1. 1.Hepatology Unit, Department of MedicineSan Camillo-Forlanini HospitalRomeItaly

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