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Who gets Crohn's disease?

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Crohn's disease is often inherited. About 20% of people with Crohn's disease may have a close relative with either Crohn's or ulcerative colitis. In addition, Jewish people of European descent (Ashkenazi) are at greater risk for the disease.

While Crohn's disease can affect people of all ages, it is primarily an illness of the young. Most people are diagnosed before age 30, but the disease can occur in people in their 60s, 70s, or even later in life.

From: Crohn’s Disease Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. "Crohn's Diagnosis & Testing."

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Uptodate.com. "Overview of the medical management of severe or refractory Crohn disease in adults."

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 21, 2018

SOURCES: 

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. "Crohn's Diagnosis & Testing."

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Uptodate.com. "Overview of the medical management of severe or refractory Crohn disease in adults."

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 21, 2018

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