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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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda include lupus, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda accepts. She attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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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 practices adult rheumatology in Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Sen has a special interest in lupus. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She studied medicine at Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College. She completed her residency training at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. Dr. Sen honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 is a physician who specializes in uveitis and ocular immunology. She graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Karacal include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karacal accepts. She is conversant in Turkish. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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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 works as a nephrologist. After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Li completed her residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her clinical interests encompass lupus and kidney failure. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Li honors. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. Dr. Li's 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
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Paetra Ruddy's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Clinical interests for Dr. Ruddy include skin cancer. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ruddy takes. Before completing her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Ruddy attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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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 area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Patel include skin cancer. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Patel trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee for residency. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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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.