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    Can Crohn's disease cause swollen genitals?

    My 13 year old son, who has crohn's, has developed a swollen penis and scrotum. GP does not know the cause. Ultrasound and MRI have not identified anything. He has seen a urologist, who cannot find a cause, says it's ideopathic penile oedema, and suggests that he needs to see a plastic surgeon for a split skin graft. Both the GP and urologist say it's unlikely to be related the the crohn's, but I'm not convinced.
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    Swelling of the genitals can occur in Crohn's, but it is rare.  There are known cases and some were found to be related to Crohn's after analysis of the skin tissue.  Assuming that your son is under the care and supervision of a paediatric gastroenterologist, that's who should be involved consulted for further advice.

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