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Crohn’s disease is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract. It is an autoimmune disorder, meaning your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in your body.
Crohn’s disease is chronic (ongoing), and may appear and disappear at various times. Initially, it may affect only a small part of your gastrointestinal tract, but the disease has the potential to progress extensively.
Crohn’s disease appears early in life; approximately one-sixth of patients have symptoms before 15 years of age. Although the cause is unknown, doctors suspect a genetic influence, since many members of the same family may be affected. Crohn’s disease affects the Jewish population more than the general population.
Crohn’s Disease: What You Need to Know
- Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease, may be genetic. It affects the Jewish population more than the general population.
- Crohn’s disease symptoms often appear early in life, in childhood or the teenage years.
- A colonoscopy is performed to diagnose Crohn’s disease.
- Medication and surgery are often used to treat Crohn’s disease.
Read a more in-depth article about Crohn’s disease, written by Johns Hopkins gastroenterologists, which details the anatomical description of the causes of Crohn’s disease.
Read our FAQs about Crohn’s disease.
Why choose Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for Crohn’s disease?
The Johns Hopkins Infusion Center offers a convenient, comfortable office for Infliximab infusions.Learn more about the Infusion Center.
Through a number of studies, researchers are examining the genetics behind Crohn’s disease, which will help in its treatment.Learn more about this research.