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

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstein is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Gladstein is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and a graduate of Albany Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Gladstein (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Gladstein is professionally 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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. His residency was performed at Bridgeport Hospital. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Guadagnoli is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Guadagnoli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He 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)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Mirela Dumitrescu is an adult rheumatology specialist. Her education and training includes medical school at International and residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dumitrescu (or staff) speaks Romanian, Spanish, and French. Dr. Dumitrescu is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is accepting 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)

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

Dr. Pietro Andres is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Andres honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Andres completed a residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is conversant in Italian. Dr. Andres is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Weiss accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jacobi Medical Center. Dr. Weiss is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Soloway attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. The average patient rating for Dr. Soloway is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Soloway is 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 specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bedford accepts. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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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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