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

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

Dr. Sara Penn works as an adult rheumatologist in Chestnut Hill, MA, Dedham, MA, and Norwood, MA. She is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Dr. Penn is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She is open to new patients. Dr. Penn is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. For her professional training, Dr. Penn completed a residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She offers interpreting services for her patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1400 Vfw Parkway
West Roxbury, MA
 

Dr. Caryn Libbey's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Libbey has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Libbey include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and amyloidosis. Aetna, Medicaid, and Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Libbey accepts. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Libbey performed her residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Boston Medical Center. Her distinctions include: 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. She is open to 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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in West Roxbury, MA, Boston, MA, and Jamaica Plain, MA. Dr. Dubreuil graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Dubreuil include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Arthritis Foundation Clinical to Research Transition Grant and Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Medical Center (BMC) and VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Dubreuil welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Randi Pleskow is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Pleskow has received a 0.0 out of 5 star rating by Dr. Pleskow's patients. In Dr. Pleskow's practice, Dr. Pleskow is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. Dr. Pleskow is professionally affiliated with Norwood Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Pleskow is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Pleskow is accepting new patients. Dr. Pleskow attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital for residency. Dr. Pleskow has received the distinction of Board Certification In Pediatric Gastroenterology.

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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.
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