Does IBD run in families?


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  • McGovern615
    7 months ago

    My mother and I have Crohn’s. However, our symptoms are different. I had a protocolectomy with an ileostomy surgery, and she just had a piece of her ileum removed.

  • pamela
    10 months ago

    I can only speak for my family: There are several of us with IBD. Me, my sister, my father’s brother, my father’s sister. So, it does appear to run in our family.

  • Brooke Abbott moderator
    10 months ago

    It can. It is rare. But there are a lot of families with a lot of autoimmune diseases running through their genetic makeup, how it manifests in people can be interesting. That being said, there is a low percentage that a parent will give birth to a child that will also have IBD, specifically the same kind of IBD.

    I personally have a cousin through marriage who has Crohn’s. We often joke that we have all aspects of autoimmune diseases covered. She has Crohn’s, I have ulcerative colitis, our cousin has lupus, my brother, T1 diabetes, my father psoriasis and our grandmother has RA. 🙂
    -Brooke
    (inflammatoryboweldisease.net Team Member)

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