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is crohn disease contagious, how common is it in babies?

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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Crohn's disease: This is not a communicable condition, as far we understand it. Its etiology has been attributed to colonization of the gut with different organisms (a british doctor thinks a tb-like bacillus) and an abnormal host immune response to these. 20% of cases occur in children, but the youngest are in the range of 7-8 years, and often in families with adult crohns, suggesting hereditary component.
Answered on Apr 14, 2014
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Dr. Jonah Essers
17 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
The youngest reported ages are closer to two actually. But this is not very common. In pediatric GI, we follow children typically aged 5-8 as the "younger onset" cases.
Apr 14, 2014

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