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Dr. Dhruva R. Tilwalli MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17 West 755 Butterfield Road; Suite 101
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, Burbank, IL, and Chicago, IL. These areas are among Dr. Tilwalli's clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Shivaji University and then went on to complete his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. Dr. Tilwalli's hospital/clinic affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, St. Anthony's Hospital, and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Joseph Anthony Lagattuta Jr. MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.94 stars (19 ratings)
303 E Army Trl Road; Suite 203
Bloomingdale, IL

Dr. Joseph Lagattuta, who practices in Bloomingdale, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave Dr. Lagattuta a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, gastroscopy, and celiac disease. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dr. Lagattuta attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP) and Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, Crohn's disease, intestinal (bowel) problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Problems, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mandeep S. Kohli D.O
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
303 E Army Trail Road; Suite 301
Bloomingdale, IL

Dr. Mandeep Kohli specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Kohli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and heart problems. Dr. Kohli's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Adventist Midwest Health - Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (PCMH). Dr. Kohli attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn

All Interests: Hypertension, Osteopathic Medicine, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Blood Pressure Problems, ... (Read more)

Rachel K. Levin MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
average rating 3.81 stars (4 ratings)
303 W Lake Street; #102
Addison, IL

Dr. Rachel Levin is a general pediatrician. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Levin's clinical interests include diabetes, learning disabilities, and premature babies. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from Rush Medical College. Dr. Levin is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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