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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. John Kravitz is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Dr. Kravitz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Memorial and St. Mary Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. Dr. Kravitz's practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. David Salowe is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Salowe's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He honors several insurance carriers, including Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. He attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. His professional affiliations include Virtua Memorial and St. Mary Medical Center. Dr. Salowe's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Craig Barash specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Dr. Barash's professional affiliations include Virtua Memorial and St. Mary Medical Center. He accepts Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Barash's office for an appointment. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. Scott Modena's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. His training includes a residency program at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Modena's areas of expertise include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He takes Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, AmeriHealth, and more. He is affiliated with Virtua Memorial and St. Mary Medical Center. Dr. Modena is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. John Volpe is a gastroenterologist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Dr. Volpe is in-network for Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, AmeriHealth, and more. He attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Delaware Valley Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Memorial and St. Mary Medical Center. Dr. Volpe's practice is open to new patients.

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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.