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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Melissa Kennedy's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kennedy's clinical interests include achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. She accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Kennedy's medical residency was performed at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Janice Kelly's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and malnutrition. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kelly honors. Dr. Kelly graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her distinctions include: Best Docs; Main Line Today Magazine; and Great Docs for Kids, Main Line Today Magazine. She is 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 is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Liacouras include achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Liacouras obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Cystic Fibrosis Grant for Clinical Medicine; Harvard Anatomy Award; and Delaware Valley Academic Award.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Edisio Semeao sees patients in Chalfont, PA, Glen Mills, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: achalasia, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Semeao is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Semeao attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He has received distinctions including Pediatric Scholar, University of Connecticut, School of Medicine; Family Medicine Student Fellowship; and Summa Cum Laude Graduate.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Asim Maqbool practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Maqbool is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Michigan's residency program. His areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Maqbool has received include Pediatric Residency Faculty Honor Roll, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Fellow Faculty Honor Roll. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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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.