Systematic Evaluation of Diagnostic Delay in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

TitreSystematic Evaluation of Diagnostic Delay in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSchoepfer, AM, Vavricka, S, Safroneeva, E, Fournier, N, Manser, C, Frei, P, Deltenre, P, Rogler, G, Straumann, A, Ezri, J, Nydegger, A, Braegger, C
JournalJournal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
Date Published02/2017
Mots-clésAdolescent, Child, Colitis, Crohn Disease/diagnosis, Delayed Diagnosis/statistics & numerical data, Female, Humans, Infant, Male, Preschool, Proportional Hazards Models, Risk Factors, Switzerland, Time Factors, Ulcerative/diagnosis

We evaluated the diagnostic delay (time from first symptoms to diagnosis) in 100 pediatric patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and 75 patients with ulcerative coltiis (UC). Median [interquartile range] diagnostic delay in CD patients was 4 [2-8] (range 0-82) months compared with 2 [1-7] (range 0-52) months in UC patients (p = 0.003). The time interval from first physician visit to IBD diagnosis was longer in CD patients and UC patients when compared to the time interval from symptom onset to first physician visit (CD: median 3 vs. 1 months, p < 0.001; UC: median 2 vs. 0 months, p < 0.001). No specific risk factors were identified for the length of diagnostic delay. Measures should be taken to reduce diagnostic delay.


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Alternate JournalJ. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr.
Citation Key / SERVAL ID6955
Peer reviewRefereed
PubMed ID27101540


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