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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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Feeling Good About Your Body When You Have Crohn's

Crohn's disease can take a toll on your body image, confidence, and comfort. But it doesn't have to. “It is possible to have a good body image with Crohn’s disease," says Sara Ringer, "but it’s something you have to continually put effort into.” Ringer, who's in her early 30s, has gotten medical care for her Crohn's symptoms since she was a baby, although she wasn't diagnosed until she was 14. All that care focused on her disease. But Ringer, and anyone else with Crohn's, is far more than...

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    Last Updated: May 16, 2013
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