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How do environmental factors cause Crohn's disease?

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  • Environmental factors may contribute to Crohn's disease in one of two ways: They may trigger an immune system response. Once started, the response cannot stop.
  • They may directly damage the lining of the intestines. This may cause Crohn's disease to begin or to speed up.

From: What Causes Crohn’s Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease."

Merck: (online version): "The Immune Response: Defenses Against Infection." Merck Manual: Home Edition for Patients and Caregivers

American College of Gastroenterology: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease."

Merck: (online version): "The Immune Response: Defenses Against Infection." Merck Manual: Home Edition for Patients and Caregivers

American College of Gastroenterology: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 25, 2017

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