Crohn's Disease - Prognosis

Crohn's disease is a chronic, lifelong illness. The severity of the condition differs for various patients. Some patients go through periods when they have no symptoms. Symptoms then flare up again at a later time.

The complications of Crohn's disease can lead to serious health problems. The risk for these complications increases over time. More than 60 percent of all patients with the disorder require surgery at one time or another. More than half require more than one operation. About 5 to 10 percent of all Crohn's patients die of the disorder. In most cases, death is caused by widespread infection.

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