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Do digestive diseases run in families?

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.

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.

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