Intestinal infections can mimic the classic endoscopic and clinical (abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss) features of IBD, and can present with identical extraintestinal manifestations (eg, reactive arthritis, erythema nodosum).
Infectious microorganisms have been implicated in the etiology and pathogenesis of CD for a long period. Much research has been performed in this field, but thus far, no definitive answers have emerged. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1435589/
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