Can you die from Crohn’s disease? Risks and complications

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Can you die from Crohn’s disease? Risks and complications

Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that affects the gastrointestinal tract.

Crohn’s disease is not usually life-threatening, but it can cause severe or even fatal complications.

Crohn’s is a long-term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It most commonly affects the ileum, which is the end section of the small intestine, and the first section of the large intestine, or colon.

However, Crohn’s can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus.

As many as 780,000 people in the United States may have Crohn’s disease.

Depending on the location and extent of the disease, a person with Crohn’s may develop serious complications.

In this article, we identify some life-threatening complications of Crohn’s disease and describe associated symptoms.

Can you die from Crohn’s disease?

According to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, a person with Crohn’s is unlikely to die from the disease.

Crohn’s can, however, cause life-threatening complications, such as severe infections and colorectal cancer.

Being aware of these complications’ symptoms is essential so a person can talk to a doctor as soon as possible.

Prompt treatment can increase the likelihood of a good recovery. A person can also take preventative measures to reduce their risk of these complications.

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