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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne - Newtown Road; Suite 234
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. Craig Barash's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Barash include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He is affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. Dr. Barash honors Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Barash is accepting new patients. Before performing his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, Dr. Barash attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne - Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. Scott Modena works as an adult gastroenterologist. These areas are among Dr. Modena's clinical interests: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Modena honors. Before completing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Modena attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. His professional affiliations include Virtua Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne - Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. John Kravitz specializes in adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kravitz include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Patients rated Dr. Kravitz highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kravitz accepts. He is affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne - Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. David Salowe practices adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Salowe takes Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Salowe trained at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He is affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. He has an open panel.

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What is an Autoimmune Disorder?

An autoimmune disorder happens when the immune system mistakenly attacks the tissues of its own body, causing symptoms of illness. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders. While some are very rare, others are fairly common. Combined, autoimmune disorders are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, affecting approximately 24 million people.

A properly working immune system identifies foreign substances in the body that might cause illness, such as bacteria and viruses. The immune system then creates antibodies which attack the foreign substances, neutralizing them and keeping the body safe. In people with autoimmune disorders, something goes wrong with this process. For reasons we don’t understand very well, the immune system creates antibodies to attack the patient’s own tissues.

Symptoms of an autoimmune disorder depend on which tissue is being attacked by the immune system, but common symptoms of autoimmune disease include fever, fatigue, and a general feeling of just not being well. Autoimmune disorders are more common in women than in men, and they may run in families. Autoimmune disorders can affect various parts of the body such as blood vessels, connective tissue, endocrine glands, joints, muscles, red blood cells, skin, and many others.

It is common to have more than one autoimmune disorder at a time. Most are chronic, or life-long illnesses, although they may come and go in flares. Treatment for autoimmune disorders depends on which part of the body is being attacked. For example:
  • A type 1 diabetic whose pancreas has been damaged will need insulin.
  • A person with Hashimoto’s whose thyroid has been damaged will need replacement thyroid hormones.
  • Someone with Sjogren’s syndrome will need eye drops and mouth rinses to replace tears and saliva.
Many autoimmune disorders of all kinds are treated with immune-suppressing medications, such as corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone) to reduce the effect of the immune system.
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