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Crohn's Disease - Cause

The cause of Crohn's disease is unknown. This disease may result from an abnormal response by the body's immune system to normal intestinal bacteria.1 Disease-causing bacteria and viruses also may play a role.

Crohn's disease can run in families, so some people may be more likely than others to develop the condition when exposed to something that triggers an immune reaction. Environmental factors may also play a role in causing this disease.

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Drugs That Calm Crohn's Inflammation

When you have Crohn's disease, you have two main goals: Prevent flare-ups and keep them away for good. As a first step, your doctor may start you on drugs that curb inflammation. Although they aren't a cure, they can help you feel much better. Inflammation in the intestines causes symptoms like stomach pain and diarrhea. Anti-inflammatory drugs ease those symptoms and may even keep them away for years. Your doctor will help you decide which one is best for you based on your symptoms.

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    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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