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Researchers are not sure exactly what causes the condition, but they do know that some people are genetically pre-disposed to developing the disease. In fact, as many as 1 in 5 people with Crohn’s have a close relative with the disease. Researchers also believe that Crohn’s can be ‘triggered’ by other external factors, such as certain foods, cigarette smoke, or even certain types of bacteria. Once the reaction has begun, it cannot be stopped. Anyone can develop Crohn’s – including those with no family history of the disease.

Crohn’s Disease tends to worsen over time when not properly managed. In addition to severe discomfort, people with this condition may experience weight loss, ulcers, skin rashes, and inflammation of the eyes and mouth. Children may have stunted growth due to nutritional deficiency. Some people with Crohn’s Disease develop secondary disorders, such as arthritis, gallstones and kidney stones.

The first line of treatment for Crohn’s Disease is always as conservative as possible and may include the use of nutritional supplements and medications. There is no cure for Crohn’s Disease, but many people are able to reduce inflammation, avoid nutritional deficiency and alleviate uncomfortable symptoms with treatment. When drug therapy and other treatments are not effective, surgery may be recommended to remove the damaged portion of the digestive tract and reconnect the healthy sections. In fact, approximately 50 percent of all patients with Crohn’s Disease will eventually require at least one surgery to treat the condition. In some cases, surgery may also be used to drain perianal abscesses and treat anal fistulas.