Chronic bowel inflammation is diagnosed too late in children, adolescents

Cramping abdominal pains, diarrhea, bloody stools—these are common symptoms of chronic inflammatory bowel disease. Every year, thousands of children and adolescents develop the disease. But chronic inflammatory bowel disease is mostly diagnosed too late in these patients, experts suggests. The average delay between initial symptoms and diagnosis is four to six months. In most cases, the inflammation will by then have spread further.