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We found 4 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Mckinney, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4510 Medical Center Drive; #318
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Rajesh Putcha works as an adult gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Putcha include hepatitis C, celiac disease, and liver tumor. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Putcha completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC). Dr. Putcha welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Gastrostomy, Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Liver Resection, Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Ravi Shankar Chittajallu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4521 Medical Center Drive; Suite 500
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Ravi Chittajallu is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in McKinney, TX and Allen, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Chittajallu include colon polypectomy, hepatitis C, and gallbladder problems. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Medical Center of McKinney. Dr. Chittajallu is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Andhra Medical College. Dr. Chittajallu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Upper Endoscopy, Intestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4510 Medical Center Drive; Suite 318
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Gabriel Rendon practices adult gastroenterology in McKinney, TX and Plano, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Rendon's clinical interests: colon cancer, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and crohn's disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Rendon's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC). He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Problems, Gallstones, Upper Endoscopy, Esophagus ... (Read more)

Dr. Praveen Ranga Srungaram, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5236 West University Drive; Suite 2200
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Praveen Srungaram is a McKinney, TX physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, gallbladder problems, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Srungaram honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Heartburn, Cirrhosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Small Intestine Disorders, Biliary Disorders, Acid ... (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.