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Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?
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3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jason Bodzin
Dr. Jason Bodzin
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Dr. David Stein
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Although many patients can be diagnosed with crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis without a family history, up to 10% of patients will have a mother or father with the disease.

In brief: Yes
Although many patients can be diagnosed with crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis without a family history, up to 10% of patients will have a mother or father with the disease.
Dr. David Stein
Dr. David Stein
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Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not really
There is a genetic component and risks for ibd are higher in those witha family history.
However there are a multitude of other contributing factors.

In brief: Not really
There is a genetic component and risks for ibd are higher in those witha family history.
However there are a multitude of other contributing factors.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Dr. Jason Hemming
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