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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders near Norwood, MA.

Dr. Sara Kaprove Penn, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1177 Providence Highway
Norwood, MA
 

Dr. Sara Penn specializes in adult rheumatology. She accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Penn completed her residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Penn's hospital/clinic affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1400 Vfw Parkway
West Roxbury, MA
 

Dr. Caryn Libbey's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Libbey include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and amyloidosis. She honors Aetna, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Libbey has received distinctions including Associate Clinical Prof Of Medicine Boston Univ; Nh Representative To Amer Coll Rheum Council On; and Rheumatologic Care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Boston Medical Center (BMC), and VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Libbey is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Amyloidosis

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1400 Vfw Parkway
West Roxbury, MA
 

Dr. Maureen Dubreuil works as a rheumatologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Dubreuil include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Dubreuil takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Dubreuil's medical residency was performed at Boston Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Arthritis Foundation Clinical to Research Transition Grant and Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Boston Medical Center (BMC) and VA Boston Healthcare System. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis

Dr. Randi G Pleskow, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
269 Walpole Street
Norwood, MA
 

Dr. Randi Pleskow works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Pleskow's patients gave Dr. Pleskow an average rating of 0.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Pleskow has indicated that Dr. Pleskow's clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. Dr. Pleskow accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Pleskow's education and training includes medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and residency at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Dr. Pleskow has received the distinction of Board Certification In Pediatric Gastroenterology. Dr. Pleskow's professional affiliations include Norwood Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Pleskow has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel 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.