If you have IBD, your family members are more likely to have it as well. However, most people with IBD actually have no family history of IBD. It's not as simple as just being passed on from parent to child. The heritability of IBD has confounded researchers for years, although they are now narrowing in on the genes that may be responsible for IBD. Who, if anyone, has IBD in your family? Share Your Family History
Crohn's Disease In Our Family
- My aunt on my dad's side was diagnosed in her 40's. I got Crohn's when I was 18 and I have a niece who has it. My grandfather died from cirrhosis of the liver. I believe it is all somehow connected to and coming down from that side of my family.
- —Guest M. Leonard
- I have pancolitis, my fathers' brother had UC, and my daughter has IBS. My youngest son gets stomach problems and my middle grandson, aged 5, gets tummy upsets. There certainly seems to be a pattern in my family of disease in the digestive area.
- —Guest juzu
- My father got diagnosed with IBD after I did. It is strange how these illnesses run in families.
- —Guest Shaunee72
My IBD Family History
- I thought I was the only one in my family with Crohn's disease, but now looking into it more, I think my grandfather & two of his siblings have/had Crohn's disease but were never diagnosed. My grandfather had some diet rules he obeyed that are some of the same rules I use. Rules like NO seeds, peels, hulls, etc. and he always carried Rolaids in his pocket and ate them. One of his sisters & one of his brothers have both had their colon rupture...could it have been Crohn's? I guess we will never know.
- —Guest atrost7
Crohn's - Runs In Family
- My mother, brother, and I have Crohn's disease. I have three siblings, the eldest sister does not, my brother does, my other sister does not, and I have Crohn's disease.
- —Guest Kathey Perry
Family History of IBD
- In my case, there is absolutely no family history of IBD on either side. I was diagnosed with left-sided colitis in 1998, which was manageable. In 2005, it progressed to pancolitis and I had no idea how truly ill I could be with this disease until that time. I have been on medication ever since. I pray every day that researchers can find a cause and a cure or, at least less invasive treatments so that all people with UC/Crohn's can get back to living normal, healthy lives.
- I have a first cousin with Crohn's disease and a second cousin with ulcerative colitis.
- —Guest PAT OWENS