We found 8 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Aetna Gold HMO near Glen Mills, PA.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Melissa Kennedy is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She works in Abington, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and King of Prussia, PA. Her areas of expertise include achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. Dr. Kennedy is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Janice Kelly is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Exton, PA, Glen Mills, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelly include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and malnutrition. Dr. Kelly is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Best Docs; Main Line Today Magazine; and Great Docs for Kids, Main Line Today Magazine.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Edisio Semeao's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include achalasia, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Semeao accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Semeao's training includes a residency program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Pediatric Scholar, University of Connecticut, School of Medicine; Family Medicine Student Fellowship; and Summa Cum Laude Graduate. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Chris Liacouras specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Exton, PA, Glen Mills, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. These areas are among his clinical interests: achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. Dr. Liacouras has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Liacouras has received distinctions including Cystic Fibrosis Grant for Clinical Medicine; Harvard Anatomy Award; and Delaware Valley Academic Award. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Asim Maqbool is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Glen Mills, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and King of Prussia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Maqbool include cystic fibrosis (CF), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Maqbool trained at Children's Hospital of Michigan for his residency. He has received the following distinctions: Pediatric Residency Faculty Honor Roll, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Fellow Faculty Honor Roll. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Specializes in General Surgery
915 Old Fern Hill Road; Building B, Suite 201
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Donelle Rhoads is a general surgery specialist. Her clinical interests include barrett's esophagus, breast cancer surgery, and burns. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Main Line Health and Chester County Hospital. Dr. Rhoads graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Lankenau Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. She has received the following distinction: Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue. Dr. Rhoads's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Hiatal Hernia, Gallstones, Burns, Crohn's Disease, Pancreatitis, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles Allen Dallara, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
1088 West Baltimore Pike; Riddle Health Center 2, Suite 2507
Media, PA
 

Dr. Charles Dallara is a specialist in general surgery. Dr. Dallara is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Mercy Catholic Medical Center's residency program. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal manometry, breast cancer surgery, and crohn's disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. Dr. Dallara is professionally affiliated with Riddle Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Esophageal Manometry, Hiatal Hernia, Gallstones, Burns, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. William H Ayers II, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
1088 West Baltimore Pike; Riddle Health Center 2, Suite 2507
Media, PA
 

Dr. William Ayers is a general surgeon in Media, PA. After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Ayers include esophageal manometry, barrett's esophagus, and burns. He takes Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. He is affiliated with Riddle Hospital. Dr. Ayers's practice is open to new patients.

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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.