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   Posted 2/19/2009 3:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know if UC can be passed from father to children? I am really worried because I have a seven year old son and a eight month old daughter.
Age 34-Male-South Carolina
Diagnosed 02/08 Severe UC
Colazal Predinsone Entocort Lialda-No Help
Mesalamine-Little help
Remicade-Second infussion-still no change

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   Posted 2/19/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes there is a possibility. I don't know the percentages off hand but if I am not mistaken, the women of Uc have a higher chance of passing it along to their children then the father.
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   Posted 2/19/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I got UC. Since it is hereditary. My Dad got it and had his colon removed in 92, right when I was showing symptoms of getting this thing.
27 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007

Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)
Taken off Imuran 1/15/09
Only taking Humira.

Can't take Asacol, Allergic to Remicade

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   Posted 2/19/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think anyone in my family has UC. I really think mine is caused by an inbalance or something bacterial.
I have heard it is genetic.
Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)

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   Posted 2/19/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I am the only person in my family that has UC (including aunts, uncles, cousins, etc). One of my cousins has Crohn's, but she's adopted. Anyway, I think I read that about 20% of people with UC have a family member who also has it. I'm not sure what they meant by "family member" would that include third cousins and such, or just parents, siblings, grandparents? I'm personally not going to worry about whether or not my son will have it. If it happens, it happens. I just hope that if it does, he's at least in his late 20s before it starts. And if I am able to keep my UC under control, I'll probably have another child.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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   Posted 2/19/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
i have an aunt that has uc and she is on my dad's side,so far that i know of her and I are the ony ones that have it.


 i was diagnosed with uc on april.16,2003. had my sec. colonoscopy on aug.22,2007 came back normal, i also take nexium 40mg once a day for acid reflux.take one multivitamin a day,started taking one a day acidophilus probiotic.







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   Posted 2/19/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
No one in my family has it either, I have 23 cousins and they are all healthy. There's no way of knowing if it's passed on to your kids. I sure hope I didn't pass it on to my daughter. I was diagnosed a few weeks after she was born.
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano

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   Posted 2/19/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
My mom has Crohn's disease and I was dx with colitis in Ocotber 2008.

I do believe that IBD is hereditary and I think that it is there is a 20% chance that someone you are related to will also have it. Not necessarily your children though...

I wouldn't be too worried, my Mom never thought I would get IBD because she had heard that Mother's pass it to their sons and Fathers pass it to their daughters... I think that is a myth...

All in all I don't ever resent my Mother nor do I blame her for my disease :)
Meghan - 24 years old
DX:  Pancolitis since October 2008
Current Treament:  Asacol (3 pills 4 times daily), Pentasa Enemas nightly
Natural Treatment: Low Residue/Low Fiber Diet, Daily Multi-Vitamins, Activia Yogurt, Chamomile Tea
Previous Treatment:  Prednisone (40 mg - 5 week taper), Entocort Enemas, Buscopan
Status:  Remission I think!!! YAY!!! And now trying to get pregnant!!!

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   Posted 2/19/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
IBD is not "hereditary" in the traditional sense. Some families do have a genetic predisposition, and it's known that children of people with IBD do have a higher incidence. That said, it still takes a trigger to bring it on. Probably this DD is really several different but very similar diseases that may be carried on multiple genes or result from new gene mutations. It's known that everyone has multiple gene mutations, but most of them never affect us. With the proper trigger, IBD bothers us plenty.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm the only one in my family with this.
Mamas Boys (aka KTM)
Colazal, Azathioprine, Remicade
Culturelle, MultiVitamin, Folic Acid, Viactiv
Status: Remission!!

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   Posted 2/19/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
15% chance that your children will have IBD with one parent having IBD. 50% chance if both parents have it.

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   Posted 2/20/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks to all just something on om mind since my UC seems to not to respond to anything

Age 34-Male-South Carolina
Diagnosed 02/08 Severe UC
Colazal Predinsone Entocort Lialda-No Help
Mesalamine-Little help
Remicade-Second infussion-still no change

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