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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne - Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. Scott Modena practices adult gastroenterology. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at Temple University Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Modena include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He takes Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne - Newtown Road; Suite 234
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. Craig Barash's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He honors several insurance carriers, including Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. Dr. Barash attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1203 Langhorne - Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA
 

Dr. John Kravitz's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave Dr. Kravitz a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. His professional affiliations include Virtua Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. Dr. Kravitz accepts several insurance carriers, including Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. He has an open panel. He studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine.

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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 attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for residency. His areas of expertise include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare HSA, AmeriHealth, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. Dr. Salowe's practice is open to new patients.

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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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