Finding Providers

We found 5 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
(313) 745-4525

Dr. Ilyes Benchaala works as a rheumatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Benchaala include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Benchaala takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His training includes a residency program at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Benchaala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. He is affiliated with Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Ayad Edward Abrou MD, FAAD, FACP
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
25101 Ford Road
Dearborn, MI
(313) 359-7900

Dr. Ayad Abrou's medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Abrou is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Henry Ford Hospital's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Abrou include rosacea, moles, and acne. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and more. Dr. Abrou (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit Medical Center (DMC), and Garden City Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Academic Dermatology, Medical Dermatology, Acne, Birth Mark, Dermatologist, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
23550 Park Street
Dearborn, MI
(313) 277-0075

Dr. Juan Estigarribia's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. His clinical interests include graves disease, high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and general care. Dr. Estigarribia honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He trained at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Estigarribia (or staff) speaks Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Oakwood Hospital - Taylor, and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Synd, Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes, Diabetic Foot Care, Diabetic Neuropathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nazem Ahmad Alhusein MD
Specializes in Pediatrics (Child & Adolescent Medicine)
20211 Ann Arbor Trail; River Oaks Pediatrics
Dearborn Heights, MI
(313) 336-4444; (313) 271-5001

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

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Bladder Disease, Acne Problems, Adjustment Disorder, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Psychiatry, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Vascular Neurology
3815 Pelham Road; Suite 14
Dearborn, MI
(313) 730-9100

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

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Vascular Neuology (stroke), Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Seizures, Headache, ... (Read more)


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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.