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We found 7 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept United Healthcare near Elk Grove Village, IL.

Dr. Amir F Kagalwalla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
880 W. Central Road, Suite 6400; Box 77
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kagalwalla attended Grant Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan for residency. Dr. Kagalwalla's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System.

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All Interests: Colitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Utpal Paul Parekh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1845 W Army Trail Road
Addison, IL
 

Dr. Utpal Parekh, who practices in Addison, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Parekh (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Parekh's areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, hepatitis, and hemorrhoid banding. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Parekh studied medicine at Medical College and Hospital Kolkata. He trained at Maricopa Medical Center for his residency. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parekh honors.

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All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Hemorrhoid Banding, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rameez Alasadi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
880 W. Central Road; Suite 4500
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Rameez Alasadi's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Alasadi has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.

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All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Colorectal Surgery Procedures

Dr. James H Berman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
701 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. James Berman's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Berman's areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. The average patient rating for Dr. Berman is 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Berman takes. Dr. Berman has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Feeding Disorders, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Constipation

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
701 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatrician in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Dr. Gunasekaran is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended Madras Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia for residency. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Tamil.

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All Interests: Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Joseph Anthony Lagattuta Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
303 E Army Trl Road; Suite 203
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Lagattuta is an adult gastroenterologist in Bloomingdale, IL. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lagattuta's clinical interests include pancreas problems, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Lagattuta's training includes a residency program at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

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All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Upper Endoscopy, Intestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Jerrold L Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 304, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Jerold Schwartz's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Schwartz include polypectomy (polyp removal), crohn's disease, and liver disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schwartz takes. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois, Dr. Schwartz attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Schwartz is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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All Interests: Colon Problems, Upper Endoscopy, Polypectomy, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.