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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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Kagalwalla accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College. He completed his residency training at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Kagalwalla is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. He is open to new patients.

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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's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Berman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. Dr. Berman graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic 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. Andelka D Djordjevic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 S First Avenue; (15750 Marion Dr. Homer Glen, Il. 60491)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Andelka Losavio specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Losavio include ulcers, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Losavio accepts. She is open to new patients. Dr. Losavio graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago.

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

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran works as a pediatric gastroenterologist and general pediatrician. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Madras Medical College and residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Gunasekaran is conversant in Tamil. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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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, who practices in Berwyn, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rosenbaum include cancer screening, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Rosenbaum accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, HealthSmart, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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

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

Dr. Sameer Barkatullah practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Barkatullah (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Barkatullah's areas of expertise include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Barkatullah is a graduate of Rush Medical College. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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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.