and Crohn's disease) seem to run in some families. Some researchers think that it is due to a reaction to a virus or bacteria. The immune system overreacts and causes damage to the intestines.
Factors increase your chance of getting Crohn's include:
Very severe Crohn's may not improve with medications. You may be advised to have the severely diseased section of your intestine removed. The two remaining healthier ends of the intestine are then joined together. You are still at high risk for recurrence of the disease elsewhere.
Surgery may also be done if you have an obstruction or fistulas.
Untreated Crohn's disease may lead to:
Fistulas—abnormal connections between the intestine and other organs or tissues, such as the bladder, vagina, or skin
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substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
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