The exact causes of IBD are unknown, but some hypotheses include:
- Heredity—having another family member with IBD
- Contracting a germ or infection that affects the intestinal tract
- Compromised immune system or infection that affects the immune system
IBD is not a contagious infection, so it cannot be passed from person to person.
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.
The following factors increase your chance of developing IBD:
- Having a family member with IBD
- Being Caucasian or of northern European ancestry
- Jewish ancestry increases the risk of certain types of IBD
- Problems with the immune system
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