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Crohn’s disease (CD) is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Signs and symptoms of CD include abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal masses, and fever. Together with ulcerative colitis, CD belongs to the group of illnesses called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Crohn's disease may affect as many as 700,000 Americans. Women and men are equally affected and 5 - 20% of people living with CD have a first-degree relative with IBD (either ulcerative colitis or CD).