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Question: crohn's disease

 alanachyanne - Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:24 pm

my mom has this & i was wondering if i could get it.
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sun Jun 25, 2006 2:42 pm

User avatar Dear alanachyanne,
The disease is believed to have heredity bases since 20 percent of people suffering from Crohn's disease have a family history (parent, sibling or child) of the same disease. A gene named NOD2/CARD15 was found to be mutated in a good number of people with Crohn's disease and seems to correlate with the course of the disease. People with a brother or sister who has Crohn's disease are at risk 30 times higher than the general population.
Genetic counseling might help to screen for the mutated gene, however it will not be of great help to prevent any possible attack of the disease. I advise you to be very careful, meaning that, once, you experience any persistent changes in your Bowel habits or GI disturbances, consult your physician, as the disease is highly treatable with long term remission.
Best regards,

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