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Dr Joseph Houston Shelton MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 1.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
900 W Magnolia Avenue; Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Joseph Shelton is a Fort Worth, TX physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and diverticular disease. Dr. Shelton takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Shelton's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's Disease

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, Enteroscopy, Flexible Sigmo ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Eduardo Castillo's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Before completing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Castillo attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: tumor, colon polyps, and diverticular disease. Dr. Castillo is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Care. Dr. Castillo is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's Disease

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

Glen D Hooker MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1420 8th Avenue; Suite 103
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Glen Hooker specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery and practices in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Hooker studied medicine at The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. He trained at Baylor University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with The University of Western Ontario for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: rectal cancer, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hooker is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's Disease

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

Pavani Muddasani MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.4 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
800 8th Avenue; Suite 632
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Pavani Muddasani works as an adult gastroenterologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Muddasani is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Muddasani include hepatitis C, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and gastric (stomach) ulcer. Dr. Muddasani is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Her training includes a residency program at UPMC Shadyside. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's Disease

All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Manometry, Esophagitis, Gallstones, G ... (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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