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Is Crohn's disease passed genetically?

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Scientists have identified a gene associated with Crohn's disease. This gene helps the body decide how to react to certain microbes. If the gene has changed or mutated in some way, your body's reaction to microbes may also be different from the normal reaction. Over time, irritable bowel disease (IBD) or Crohn's disease may develop. People with Crohn's disease have this mutated gene twice as often as people who do not have the disease.

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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