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Crohn’s Disease

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Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune disorder that inflames the lining of your digestive tract, and can also affect your anus, liver, skin, eyes, and joints. It can be debilitating and sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. You are most likely to develop Crohn’s disease when you are between the ages of 13 and 30.

Crohn’s disease occurs when your body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue in your digestive tract. No one knows the exact causes of Crohn’s disease or how you can prevent it. However, some experts consider that it may run in your family, or that environmental factors such as antibiotics, animal fat, red meat, smoking, and other toxins may trigger it.

Signs and symptoms of Crohn's disease in adults include:

  • Belly or abdominal pain, often in your lower right area
  • Cut or tear in the anus (anal fissure)
  • Diarrhea, sometimes bloody
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Mouth sores (ulcers in your mouth can be similar to canker sores)
  • Rashes
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Reduced appetite
  • Weight-loss

If you have a severe case of Crohn's disease, you may also experience:

  • Delayed growth or sexual development, in children
  • Inflammation of skin, eyes, and joints
  • Inflammation of the liver or bile ducts

Why Choose UHealth?

Motility lab for accurate diagnosis of GI conditions. The only facility of its kind in South Florida, our motility lab enables our GI specialists to provide accurate diagnoses of GI conditions more quickly and efficiently. We offer a variety of leading-edge services, such as hydrogen breath testing, anal-rectal manometry, and bio-feedback.

A broad array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
Regardless of your age, condition, or whether you need long- or short-term digestive treatments, you will receive the most accurate diagnosis and most effective treatment to keep your stomach, digestive system, and organs healthy.

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Treatments

  • Medications

    Your gastrointestinal (GI) doctor may recommend a variety of over-the-counter or prescription-strength oral (by mouth) medications, including anti-inflammation medications, cortisone or steroids, immune system suppressors, biologic therapies, antibiotics, anti-diarrheal medications, and fluid replacements.

  • Diet and Nutritional Supplements

    Your GI doctor may recommend you supplement your diet to help replace nutrients and vitamins that are lost due to Crohn’s disease.

  • Intravenous (IV) Feeding

    Your GI doctor may recommend you receive nutrition via an IV if you are unable to eat normally during a flare-up of Crohn’s disease.

  • Drainage of Abscesses or Removal of a Section of Bowel

    Your GI surgeon may need to drain an abscess or remove a section of your bowel due to a blockage, which results in a shortened bowel.

  • Ostomy

    Your GI surgeon will remove part of your intestine and create a new method of removing stool from your body.

Tests

  • Blood Test

    A blood test can determine if there is anemia resulting from blood loss, or if there is an increased number of white blood cells.

  • Stool Culture

    This test checks for the presence of abnormal bacteria in your digestive tract that may cause diarrhea and other problems.

  • EGD or Upper Endoscopy (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy)

    This allows the physician to examine the inside of your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first section of the small intestine).

  • Capsule Endoscopy

    In this procedure, you swallow a vitamin-sized capsule, which contains a tiny wireless camera. As the capsule travels through your digestive tract, a technician uses a special computer to capture detailed images.

  • Colonoscopy

    A colonoscopy allows your GI doctor to view the entire length of your large intestine, and can often help identify abnormal growths, inflamed tissue, ulcers, and bleeding.

  • Biopsy

    Your GI doctor will remove a small tissue sample (biopsy) of the lining of your colon to be closely examined in the laboratory.

  • Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) or Barium Swallow

    This examines the organs of the upper part of the digestive system. X-rays are then taken to evaluate the digestive organs.

  • Lower GI Series or Barium Enema

    This examines the rectum, large intestines, and lower part of the small intestine. An X-ray of the abdomen shows strictures (narrowed areas), obstructions (blockages), and other problems.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • DIKLA
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • EHN PPO
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • FCCI WC
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care