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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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Gladstein attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Albany Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Gladstein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is 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 an adult rheumatology specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Guadagnoli trained at Bridgeport Hospital for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Guadagnoli (or staff) speaks Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. He is professionally 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)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Mirela Dumitrescu's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Dumitrescu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Romanian, Spanish, and French. Dr. Dumitrescu is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She attended International and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Dumitrescu welcomes 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)

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

Dr. Pietro Andres works as a gastroenterologist. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Andres performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is conversant in Italian. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Andrew Bedford works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Bedford is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Bedford attended Tufts University School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Scott Weiss, who practices in Trumbull, CT and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Weiss is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Weiss's medical residency was performed at Jacobi Medical Center.

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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. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Soloway at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Pancreatic Cancer, ... (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.