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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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    Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    The term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes a group of disorders in which the intestines become inflamed. The likeliest cause is an immune reaction the body has against its own intestinal tissue. Two major types of IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis is limited to the colon or large intestine. Crohn's disease, on the other hand, can involve any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. Most commonly, though, it affects the small intestine...

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

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    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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