We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept CIGNA Plans near Dearborn, MI.

Dr. Ilyes Benchaala, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
18100 Oakwood Boulevard; Suite 300
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Ilyes Benchaala is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Benchaala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. His areas of expertise include the following: myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Karmanos Cancer Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Myositis

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
23550 Park Street
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Juan Estigarribia is an adult endocrinology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Estigarribia include graves disease, high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and general care. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC). He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Estigarribia (or staff) speaks Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Graves Disease, Osteoporosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Weight ... (Read more)

Dr. Nazem Ahmad Alhusein, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
20211 Ann Arbor Trail; River Oaks Pediatrics
Dearborn Heights, MI
 

Dr. Nazem Alhusein works as a general pediatrician. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include bell's palsy, contraception (birth control), and depression. Dr. Alhusein is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC). He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Alhusein is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Gynecology, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Contraception, Ear Problems, Adjustment ... (Read more)

Specializes in Vascular Neurology
3815 Pelham Road; Suite 14
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Andrew Marcus is a Dearborn, MI physician who specializes in vascular neurology. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Marcus average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Lower Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Stroke, Seizures

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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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