Ulcerative Colitis In Family Members

Evaluating Risk Factors: Ulcerative Colitis In Family Members

Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as ulcerative colitis in family members — that affect you.   Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.

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If you indicate having knowledge of close relatives, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Colitis (inflammation of the colon) or Ulcerative Colitis in close family members?
Possible responses:
→ None / don't know
→ Probably, in one family member
→ Probably, in more than one family member
→ Yes, in one family member
→ Yes, in more than one family member

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate colitis in family members, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as Ulcerative Colitis.  Crohn's disease affects men and women equally and seems to run in some families.  About 20% of people with Crohn's disease have a blood relative with some form of IBD, most often a brother or sister and sometimes a parent or child.  A person with one parent who had colitis is five times more likely to have the condition themselves.
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