We found 2 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept United Healthcare PPO near Hoffman Estates, IL.

Dr. Amir F. Kagalwalla MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
880 W. Central Road, Suite 6400; Box 77
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla practices pediatric gastroenterology in Chicago, IL, Arlington Heights, IL, and New Lenox, IL. Dr. Kagalwalla's areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Cook County Health & Hospitals System, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. Dr. Kagalwalla's practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Kagalwalla attended Grant Medical College for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Colitis, Food Allergy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Liver ... (Read more)

Rameez Alasadi MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3 stars (2 ratings)
880 W. Central Road; Suite 4500
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Rameez Alasadi is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Alasadi's education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. His areas of expertise include the following: colorectal surgery procedures, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alasadi honors. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). Dr. Alasadi is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Colorectal Surgery ... (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.
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