Do digestive diseases run in families?

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Howard I. Baron, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Some digestive diseases do run in families. In this video, I will explain which digestive diseases have a genetic component.

Some digestive diseases, such as Crohn's disease and celiac disease, do tend to run in families. Among people with Crohn's disease, up to 20 percent have at least one relative with Crohn's or a similar bowel disease. People who have a parent or sibling with celiac disease are likelier to develop the condition as well.

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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.
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