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We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Open Access Managed Choice near Creve Coeur, MO.

Dr. Maria Cristina Gonzalez - Mayda, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Maria Gonzalez-Mayda works as a rheumatologist. Her areas of expertise include lupus, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus

Dr. Deepali Prabir Sen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Deepali Sen is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Saint Louis, MO. Her clinical interests encompass lupus. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College, Dr. Sen performed her residency at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. Dr. Sen is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus

Dr. Humeyra D Karacal, MD
Specializes in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology
10 Barnes West Drive; Suite 201
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Humeyra Karacal, who practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO, is a medical specialist in uveitis and ocular immunology. Clinical interests for Dr. Karacal include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karacal accepts. She is a graduate of Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Karacal completed a residency program at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. She speaks Turkish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Implant Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Laser Surgery, Diabetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Tingting Li, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
10 Barnes West Drive; Building 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Tingting Li specializes in adult nephrology. She is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Li's training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In her practice, she is particularly interested in lupus and kidney failure. Dr. Li is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Mandarin. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Hemodialysis, Lupus, Kidney Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Paetra J Ruddy, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
522 N New Ballas Road; Suite 316
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Paetra Ruddy, who practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Ruddy is especially interested in skin cancer. Dr. Ruddy is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Ruddy is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Ruddy attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Acne

Dr. Urvi R Patel, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
522 N New Ballas Road; Suite 316
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Urvi Patel's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). She has a special interest in skin cancer. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. Dr. Patel is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Acne

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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.