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Crohn's Disease Health Center

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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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My WebMD: A College Student Controls Her Crohn's

My life with Crohn's has not been easy. I remember lying in my hospital bed watching a commercial for iced tea. Everyone was running around in the sunshine listening to happy, uplifting music. Never before had I been so jealous of people doing something so simple. I was 16 and it was 2006, five years after I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I had an intestinal blockage and was hospitalized for five days while hooked up to a nasogastric (NG) tube that sucked out bile that was blocking my small...

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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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