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    Crohn's Disease - What Increases Your Risk

    Things that may increase your risk of getting Crohn's disease include:

    • Having a family history of Crohn's disease. Your risk increases if an immediate family member (a parent, brother, or sister) has the disease.
    • Having Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.
    • Smoking cigarettes.

    Things that may cause Crohn's disease symptoms to flare up include:

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    • Medicines.
    • Infections.
    • Hormonal changes.
    • Lifestyle changes.
    • Smoking.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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