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We found 6 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Maywood, IL.

Dr. Amir F Kagalwalla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kagalwalla include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Dr. Kagalwalla is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Grant Medical College. Dr. Kagalwalla's medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan.

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

Dr. James H Berman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2160 S. 1st Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. James Berman works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Maywood, IL, Park Ridge, IL, and Oakbrook Terrace, IL. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Berman include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Dr. Berman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Berman obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include 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
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran sees patients in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. His medical specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. His clinical interests include heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Dr. Gunasekaran attended Madras Medical College for medical school. Dr. Gunasekaran has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil.

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

Dr. Allen Jerome Rosenbaum, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3340 Oak Park Av; Suite 304
Berwyn, IL
 

Dr. Allen Rosenbaum's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rosenbaum include cancer screening, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Dr. Rosenbaum accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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All Interests: Cancer Screening, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Problems, Acid Reflux, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Andelka D Djordjevic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 S First Avenue; (15750 Marion Dr. Homer Glen, Il. 60491)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Andelka Losavio is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Winfield, IL, Lisle, IL, and Maywood, IL. She studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Losavio trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Her areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. Dr. Losavio is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Ulcers, Swallowing Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sameer A Barkatullah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 202
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Sameer Barkatullah is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Hinsdale, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Barkatullah include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Barkatullah studied medicine at Rush Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Barkatullah (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Barkatullah is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Esophagus Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Pancreas ... (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.