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We found 6 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Alliance near Creve Coeur, MO.

Dr. Sean Christopher Glasgow, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1040 N Mason Road; Suite 120
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Sean Glasgow, who practices in Creve Coeur, MO and Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colorectal surgery procedures, cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Glasgow's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Fecal Incontinence, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew G Mutch, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1040 North Mason Road; Medical Office Building 1 Suite 120
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Matthew Mutch is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. He is especially interested in colorectal surgery procedures, cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Mutch's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Mutch attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Mutch average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mutch is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Incontinence, Rectal Prolapse, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Genetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexandra Marin Gutierrez, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
1040 North Mason Road; Medical Office Building 1 Suite 120
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Alexandra Gutierrez works as an adult gastroenterologist and hepatologist. Her education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Gutierrez honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Gutierrez's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

Dr. Elisa H Birnbaum, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Building Two
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Elisa Birnbaum, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, Creve Coeur, MO, and Rolla, MO, is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: colorectal surgery procedures, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Birnbaum is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing her residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Birnbaum attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Birnbaum's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Cystocele, Incontinence, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Genetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven R Hunt, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1040 North Mason Road; Medical Office Building 1 Suite 120
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Steven Hunt, who practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO, is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Hunt include colorectal surgery procedures, cancer, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Hunt takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

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All Interests: Cystocele, Stenosis, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul Edward Wise, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1040 North Mason Road; Medical Office Building 1 Suite 120
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Paul Wise is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Wise include colorectal surgery procedures, cancer, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Wise graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Polyps, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer, ... (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.