Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology
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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 150-155

Crohn's disease in Saudi Arabia: A clinicopathological study of 12 cases


1 Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Pathology, College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed B Satti
Professor of Pathology, P.O. Box 40029, Al-Khobar 31952
Saudi Arabia
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PMID: 19864824

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In this report we present our experience with 12 cases of Crohn's disease out of 1279 consecutive colorectal biopsies (0.9%), seen during an l 1 years period (1983-1994) in a tertiary care teaching hospital. During the period 76 cases (6%) of Ulcerative Colitis (UC) were seen. Of the 12 patients with Crohn's disease, seven were males and five were females, all Saudi nationals aged 16-39 with a median of 23 years, relatively younger than those with UC seen during the same period. Recurrent colicky abdominal pain was the striking presenting symptoms in all patients, commonly associated with weight loss. The disease involved both small and large bowel in eight patients (67%) and the colon alone in one patient. Granulomas were seen in seven patients (58%). Surgery was offered for two patients and most of the remaining patients were symptomatic on follow up.


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