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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 is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Penn is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, she performed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Penn is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in adult rheumatology. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Libbey include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and amyloidosis. Dr. Libbey takes Aetna, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Michael Reese Hospital and Boston Medical Center. She has received distinctions including Associate Clinical Prof Of Medicine Boston Univ; Nh Representative To Amer Coll Rheum Council On; and Rheumatologic Care. Dr. Libbey is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Boston Medical Center (BMC), and VA Boston Healthcare System. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Amyloidosis

Dr. Maureen D Dubreuil, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1400 Vfw Parkway
West Roxbury, MA
 

Dr. Maureen Dubreuil, who practices in West Roxbury, MA, Boston, MA, and Jamaica Plain, MA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. After attending the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Dr. Dubreuil completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center. Her areas of expertise consist of psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Dubreuil has received the following distinctions: 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. Her practice is open to 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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Pleskow attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Pleskow trained at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital for Dr. Pleskow's residency. Dr. Pleskow's areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. Dr. Pleskow's average patient rating is 0.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pleskow is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Pleskow has received professional recognition including the following: Board Certification In Pediatric Gastroenterology. Dr. Pleskow is affiliated with Norwood Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Pleskow's practice is open to new patients.

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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.