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A 43-year-old member asked:

How can you get ibd if you don't even have ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease?

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Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 47 years experience
IBD: Perhaps there is some confusion inflammatory bowel disease(ibd)refers specifically to ulcerative colitis and crohn's diseasr. If a person has been informed that he or she has ibd then the diagnosis is either ulcerative colitis or crohn's. Inflammation in the intestine caused by infection or other causes may mimic ibd & thus not be either ulcerative colitis or crohn's.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Genes+environment : A combination of genetic predisposion (for example Crohn's is more common in ashkenazi jews), life events (eg appendectomy increases one and decreases the other), and environmental influences (eg smoking increases Crohn's and decreases severity of uc...). Bet you didn't expect the latter! as knowledge increases more precise factors are identified.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kirpal Singh
General Surgery 25 years experience
See below : Ibd usually presents with lots of diarrhea (mucousy, bloody or just loose). Some have bad pain, cramping, nausea, wt loss etc.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Bodzin
General Surgery 52 years experience
Somewhat: There are numerous families where there are children and /or grandchildren, cousins, etc. With these diseases. If both parents have ibd, the incidence is around 50% in the kids. Otherwise about 20% of patients will have a first degree relative with ibd. So you do the math! it isn't exactly hereditary, but there a familial incedence. By the way, the kids of colitis patients often have crohn's.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Which is a more serious disease: Crohn's or ulcerative colitis?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 54 years experience
UC: Question as to which is more serious, Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis, misses the point that these are different intensities of disorder along a spectrum of manifestation wherein intestinal smooth muscle function is hyperdynamic due to neurologic autonomic system impingement & over-stimulation. Ulcerative Colitis represents greater intensity of these dysfunctions; involving inflammation & bleeding.
Last updated Oct 30, 2012

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