Know About
Crohn’s Progression

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Crohn’s is chronic. Changes can happen over time. But you may achieve remission.

The disease varies for every person. Symptoms may range from mild, to moderate, to severe—and can change over time. People with Crohn's can go through times when the disease is controlled (few or no symptoms) or go through times of active disease that causes symptoms (flares).

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Looking at Remission and Relapses of Crohn’s

Once a person with Crohn’s disease receives medical and/or surgical treatment:

of patients will be in remission or have mild disease over the next 5 years

of patients in remission will remain in remission over the next year

will have 1 or 2 relapses of symptoms (flares)

may have chronically active disease

When it comes to people with Crohn’s in remission, here are the estimated percentages of patients who experience relapses of flares:

Year 1

20%

Year 2

40%

Year 5

67%

Year 10

76%

Learn about treatment options for Crohn's disease.

 

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QUESTION FOR YOU

How long have you been diagnosed?

"I'm not diagnosed"

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"Under a year"

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"1 to 3 years"

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"3 to 5 years"

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"Over 5 years"

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QUESTION FOR YOU

How often do you experience symptoms?

“Daily”

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“Weekly”

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“Monthly”

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“Rarely”

Did you know that inflammation can affect you—even if you don’t have symptoms?

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Know the basics of Crohn’s or UC

See an overview of facts on Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (UC)—all on one downloadable page.

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Understand your inflammation

Explore and learn how inflammation affects you with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (UC)—from inside the body.

Real Crohn's Patient

I made it very clear with my doctor from the beginning, I wanted to know everything.

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How Serious Is Crohn’s Disease?

Serious complications are possible. Complications of Crohn’s are referred to as local or systemic.

  • “Local” refers to complications involving the intestinal tract
  • “Systemic” (or extraintestinal) refers to complications that affect other organs or the whole body

Complications may occur when intestinal inflammation is:

  • Severe
  • Widespread
  • Chronic
  • Extending beyond the inner lining of the intestines

Can You Die From Crohn’s?

It’s uncommon to die specifically from Crohn’s disease or its complications. But people with Crohn’s have a slightly higher overall mortality rate compared to the general healthy population.

You and Your Care Team Are in Control

While there is no cure for Crohn’s—while also knowing it can progress and symptoms can get worse over time—it’s important to remember that you and your doctor may be able to get your disease under control. Recognizing the signs and getting treatment right away is key. That’s why having open conversations with your doctor and being prepared for every appointment is crucial to managing your Crohn’s.

Speak openly with your doctor about how much your Crohn's is truly impacting you. Make a personal action plan to see how much of your time your disease is affecting and get customized steps to help you and your doctor get control of your disease.

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Have a discreet way to ask for access to restricted restrooms if you have symptoms. And get updates, resources, and more sent to your inbox.

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Understand your inflammation

Explore and learn how inflammation affects you with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (UC)—from inside the body.

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Looking for a gastroenterologist?

Find a gastroenterologist—a doctor who specializes in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC)—near you.

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Make the most of your appointments

Our doctor discussion guide can help you talk effectively with your doctor during your visits.

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