Crohn disease

  • Stephen A. Geller Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine – David Geffen School of Medicine – University of California, Los Angeles/CA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine – Weill Cornell Medical College, New York/NY
  • Fernando Peixoto Ferraz de Campos Internal Medicine Division – Hospital Universitário – Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo/SP
Keywords: Crohn Disease, Pathology, History of Medicine


Aretaeus of Cappadocia (1st century CE) described
a young man with chronic and recurring abdominal
distress possibly representing the first recorded instance
of Crohn disease (CD).1-3 More evidence that this disease
was extant for many years comes from the description
of the 10th century English king, Alfred “the great,”
who suffered for many years from what was a typical
enteritis but also had anal fistula and/or abscess.


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How to Cite
Geller, S., & Campos, F. (2015). Crohn disease. Autopsy and Case Reports, 5(2), 5-8. Retrieved from
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