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We found 2 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Park Ridge, IL.

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James H Berman MD, FAAP
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1675 Dempster Street, Yacktman Pavilion; 3rd Floor
Park Ridge, IL
(847) 723-7700

Dr. James Berman practices pediatric gastroenterology in Maywood, IL, Park Ridge, IL, and Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Berman include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Dr. Berman's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Berman has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran MD, FAAP
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1675 Dempster Street; Y3 - 254
Park Ridge, IL
(847) 723-7700

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. His areas of expertise include heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Dr. Gunasekaran attended medical school at Madras Medical College. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Gunasekaran speaks Tamil. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Heartburn in Children and Adolescents, Reflux Disease, Ulcerative Colitis



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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.