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Crohn's Disease In Children
Crohn's disease is a devastating chronic illness which can develop during childhood. It is an inflammatory disease which can involve any segment of the gastrointestinal tract. The exact cause of the disease is not known, but it involves an immune reaction of the body to its own gastrointestinal tract. There is currently no known cure for Crohn's disease.

Crohn's disease affects an estimated two hundred thousand children and teenagers in the United States. This inflammatory disease has been detected in children as young as 18 months of age. Crohn's disease (CD) occurs more frequently in people of European descent, in whites, and in Ashkenazi Jews. There is a genetic predisposition to develop CD, and 30% of young patients have a family history of the disease. If both parents have an inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease, 50% of their children will develop the illness by the age of 20.