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We found 2 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 03/100 near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Dr. Neil Thomas Tucker, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
789 South Federal Highway; Suite 106
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dr. Neil Tucker is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Tucker (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Broward Health Medical Center. Dr. Tucker graduated from Université Libre de Bruxelles and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Alexandra P Eidelwein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
4101 Nw 4th Street; Suite 411
Plantation, FL

Dr. Alexandra Eidelwein is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She is rated highly by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Eidelwein takes. Her training includes residency programs at Sparrow Hospital and Loma Linda University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Eidelwein (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She is affiliated with Broward Health.

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.