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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept HealthCare USA near Kansas City, MO.

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Dr. Meggan Rose Newland, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza I Suite 728
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Meggan Newland's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Newland's areas of expertise include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Newland honors. Dr. Newland studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. She has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Dermatology Specialists, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Gene Larsen, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
Kansas City, KS

Dr. Christopher Larsen is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Larsen's clinical interests: graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Larsen graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Deviated Septum, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Stenosis, Neck Pain, Sinus Headache, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Michael Arkin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
4400 Broadway; Suite 520
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Steven Arkin's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Arkin obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Arkin include multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and stroke. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arkin is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Stroke, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease

Dr. Christine M Boutwell, MD
Specializes in Vascular Neurology
4400 Broadway; Suite 520
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Christine Boutwell specializes in vascular neurology and practices in Kansas City, MO. Her clinical interests include general neurology, multiple sclerosis (MS), and stroke. Dr. Boutwell has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Before completing her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Boutwell attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Boutwell has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology

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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.