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We found 5 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Cigna FocusIn EPO near Fort Worth, TX.

Dr. Lori Lynn Gordon, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1420 8th Avenue; Suite 103
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Lori Gordon practices colon & rectal surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Gordon average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gordon include diverticular disease, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Gordon is accepting new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Diverticular Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Colorectal ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1420 8th Avenue; Suite 103
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Eduardo Castillo practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery in Fort Worth, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: rectal cancer, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Castillo attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Care. Dr. Castillo has an open panel.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Bleeding, Bowel Resection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pavani Muddasani, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 8th Avenue; Suite 632
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Pavani Muddasani is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Fort Worth, TX. She graduated from Osmania University and Kakatiya Medical College. She trained at UPMC Shadyside for residency. Dr. Muddasani's areas of expertise include the following: indigestion, esophageal varices, and crohn's disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Muddasani average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Muddasani is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources.

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All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Manometry, Esophagitis, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Houston Shelton, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
900 West Mognolia Avenue; Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Shelton practices adult gastroenterology in Fort Worth, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: stomach tumor, colon polypectomy, and colon cancer. Dr. Shelton's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shelton has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Gallstones, Gastritis, Upper Endoscopy, Intestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Glen Douglas Hooker, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1420 8th Avenue; Suite 103
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Glen Hooker's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Hooker's clinical interests include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Dr. Hooker's residency was performed at Baylor University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Bowel Resection, Colectomy, ... (Read more)

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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.