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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 a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Benchaala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. His areas of expertise include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Benchaala is professionally affiliated with Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Karmanos Cancer Center. His residency was performed at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Benchaala is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, 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

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
23550 Park Street
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Juan Estigarribia is a specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Estigarribia (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Dr. Estigarribia's areas of expertise include the following: graves disease, high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and general care. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Oakwood Hospital - Taylor, and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn. He completed his residency training at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Alhusein include bell's palsy, contraception (birth control), and depression. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Alhusein performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He is conversant in Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

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

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

Dr. Andrew Marcus is a specialist in vascular neurology. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Henry Ford Hospital. On average, patients gave Dr. Marcus a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Marcus takes. He is professionally affiliated with Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.

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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.