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5 Facts about Crohn's Disease #IBDvisible

Posted by Jenna Green on December 2, 2016 at 8:35 AM

Here are 5 facts about Crohn's Disease:

  1. Upt to 20% of people with Crohn's Disease have a blood relative who has IBD (1)
  2. Crohn's disease affects men and women equally. (1)
  3. Symptoms range from mild to severe (1)
  4. In a 2008 study, direct medical costs were $18,022 to $18,932 per patient per year in the United States. About 53 to 67 percent of those costs were from hospitalizations. Costs were higher for patients with more severe disease activity. Patients in the top 25 percent averaged $60,582 per year. Those in the top two percent averaged more than $300,000 per year. (2)
  5. Crohn’s disease was first described in 1932 by three doctors—Burrill Crohn, Leon Ginzberg, and Gordon D. Oppenheimer. At the time, any disease in the small intestine was thought to be intestinal tuberculosis. . Reports of diseases with symptoms similar to Crohn’s disease date back to the early 1900’s. (3)


  1. What is Crohn’s Disease? | Crohn’s Disease Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved November 10, 2016, from
  2. Understanding Crohn's Disease. (n.d.). Retrieved November 10, 2016, from
  3. Crohn's & Colitis. (n.d.). Retrieved November 10, 2016, from

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