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Who gets an inflammatory bowel disease?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Almost anyone

About 15% of close relatives of crohn's patients carry genes that predispose to this inflammatory bowel disease.
Also, ethnic origin and environment (including infectious and antigenic exposure as well as tobacco) play roles in disease emergence and "flaring." keep in mind that ibd can present in young, middle aged, or elderly, and almost anywhere and in any population around the world.

In brief: Almost anyone

About 15% of close relatives of crohn's patients carry genes that predispose to this inflammatory bowel disease.
Also, ethnic origin and environment (including infectious and antigenic exposure as well as tobacco) play roles in disease emergence and "flaring." keep in mind that ibd can present in young, middle aged, or elderly, and almost anywhere and in any population around the world.
Dr. Charles Cattano
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