We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept TRICARE For Life near Langhorne, PA.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. Craig Barash's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Dr. Barash is affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a graduate of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York's residency program. He honors several insurance carriers, including Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. Scott Modena works as an adult gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He is professionally affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital. Before performing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Modena attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school. He honors several insurance carriers, including Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. John Volpe specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Volpe's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Volpe include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He is affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital. Dr. Volpe is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. He graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Delaware Valley Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. John Kravitz's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kravitz honors Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kravitz is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. David Salowe's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Salowe's clinical interests include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He is affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital. Before performing his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Dr. Salowe attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Patient ratings for Dr. Salowe average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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