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We found 7 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept ValueOptions near Bridgeport, CT.

Dr. Geoffrey S Gladstein, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstein is an adult rheumatology specialist. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gladstein accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His training includes a residency program at Albany Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Gladstein (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Gladstein is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Germano Guadagnoli is a rheumatologist in New Haven, CT and Trumbull, CT. For his professional training, Dr. Guadagnoli completed a residency program at Bridgeport Hospital. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Guadagnoli is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Guadagnoli (or staff) speaks Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Guadagnoli is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Mirela Dumitrescu is an adult rheumatology specialist in Trumbull, CT and New Haven, CT. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dumitrescu takes. Dr. Dumitrescu is open to new patients. Dr. Dumitrescu's education and training includes medical school at International and residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Dumitrescu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Romanian, Spanish, and French.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Dr. Pietro Giovanni Andres, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
267 Grant Street; 4th Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Pietro Andres' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Andres's practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. 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)

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

Dr. Scott Weiss is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Trumbull, CT and New Haven, CT. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Weiss graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jacobi Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to 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)

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

Dr. Gregory Soloway is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Soloway accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Soloway attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Andrew Bedford, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Andrew Bedford works as an adult gastroenterologist in Stratford, CT, Southport, CT, and Bridgeport, CT. Dr. Bedford is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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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.