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 specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Barash attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He takes several insurance carriers, including Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. He is professionally affiliated with Virtua Memorial.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. John Kravitz is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kravitz studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kravitz include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Kravitz is in-network for Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Virtua Memorial.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. David Salowe is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Salowe's areas of expertise include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. The average patient rating for Dr. Salowe is 4.5 stars out of 5. Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Salowe accepts. He attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for residency. Dr. Salowe is professionally affiliated with Virtua Memorial.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. Scott Modena's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Modena include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Dr. Modena is an in-network provider for Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at Temple University Hospital for residency. Dr. Modena is affiliated with Virtua Memorial.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. John Volpe is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Volpe trained at Delaware Valley Medical Center. His clinical interests include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Volpe accepts. Dr. Volpe is professionally affiliated with Virtua Memorial.

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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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