CD is familiar with in family DNA but not necessarily hereditary.
My mother was diagnosed with CD in 1973, I was having pains and signs as early as 1976, 4th grade (age 10) but I felt a sharp tear in my lower stomach area as I was in gym class in 7th grade (age 13) doing the standing broad jump. It took seeing 3-4 different Dr. and many test and finally after a year I was diagnosed with CD...who would of thunk...my mom had it the entire time as they where trying to figure out what I had?? Man mom felt guilty back then for having it all that time and not recognizing it, but that was in 1980-81 when CD was less known, now more Dr are aware of CD and some even over react to dealing with CD (I had my issues mostly with Dr in the ER's).
After I was diagnosed my older sister and brother were diagnosed with UC...then in the later part of the 80's my Aunt on my fathers side was diagnosed with CD, so I have it coming from both side of my DNA make up.
Johns Hopkins has done a DNA study on my family for genetic make up to help fight CD.
Just keep a eye out.
Dave age 42
Post Edited (MDdave) : 11/19/2008 9:28:56 AM (GMT-7)