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Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstein is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Gladstein completed a residency program at Albany Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Gladstein (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Gladstein is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Germano Guadagnoli works as a rheumatologist in New Haven, CT and Trumbull, CT. Dr. Guadagnoli (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Guadagnoli's medical residency was performed at Bridgeport Hospital. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Guadagnoli accepts. Dr. Guadagnoli has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Mirela Dumitrescu's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Dumitrescu is a graduate of International. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dumitrescu (or staff) is conversant in Romanian, Spanish, and French. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Dumitrescu has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
267 Grant Street; 4th Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Pietro Andres sees patients in Stratford, CT, Bridgeport, CT, and New Haven, CT. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Andres is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Andres attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He is conversant in Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Cirrhosis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Pancreatic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
888 White Plains Road; Suite 110
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Scott Weiss practices adult gastroenterology in Trumbull, CT and New Haven, CT. Dr. Weiss's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Weiss completed a residency program at Jacobi Medical Center. Dr. Weiss is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Cirrhosis, Rectal Bleeding, Diagnostic Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
267 Grant Street; 4th Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Gregory Soloway's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Soloway takes. Dr. Soloway's education and training includes medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Soloway is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Pancreatic Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Andrew Bedford is a gastroenterologist. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Before completing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Bedford attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Bedford is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bedford welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Cirrhosis, Pancreatic Cancer, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

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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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