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Can you die from Crohn's disease?

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Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine
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In brief: Rarely

If untreated and out of control, people can lose weight, not absorb enough nutrients and become quite sick.
Sometimes people need surgery when other treatments aren't effective. As with any illness that requires medication and/or surgical interventions, there is always risk, but many people living with crohn's can improve with appropriate intevention and live a fairly normal life.

In brief: Rarely

If untreated and out of control, people can lose weight, not absorb enough nutrients and become quite sick.
Sometimes people need surgery when other treatments aren't effective. As with any illness that requires medication and/or surgical interventions, there is always risk, but many people living with crohn's can improve with appropriate intevention and live a fairly normal life.
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Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatrics - Gastroenterology

In brief: Rare

As stated already, it's actually rare to die directly from crohn's disease.
The main cause of death that can be tied to crohn's would be cancer. Many decades of inflammation can lead to bowel cancers. Also, medications from crohn's are associated with a risk of lymphoma. Even if you get cancer, it may not cause death. Some of these cancers are treatable with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

In brief: Rare

As stated already, it's actually rare to die directly from crohn's disease.
The main cause of death that can be tied to crohn's would be cancer. Many decades of inflammation can lead to bowel cancers. Also, medications from crohn's are associated with a risk of lymphoma. Even if you get cancer, it may not cause death. Some of these cancers are treatable with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
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