We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept HealthCare USA near Kansas City, MO.

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

Dr. Christopher Larsen's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He studied medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Larsen trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for his residency. His areas of expertise include the following: graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Larsen takes Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. His professional 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: Wheezing, Dizziness, Stenosis, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Steven Arkin's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and stroke. Dr. Arkin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. After attending Rush Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Patients gave Dr. Arkin an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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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 is a vascular neurologist in Kansas City, MO. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She has a special interest in general neurology, multiple sclerosis (MS), and stroke. Dr. Boutwell takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Boutwell has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Boutwell is professionally 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

Dr. Rola Abdelrahman Mostafa Mahmoud, MD
Specializes in Neurology
4400 Broadway Street; Ms Center Suite 520
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Rola Mahmoud's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Mahmoud attended medical school at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mahmoud's areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS), neuroimmunology, and stroke. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. She speaks Arabic. Dr. Mahmoud's 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: Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Neuroimmunology, Seizures

Dr. John David Eatman, MD
Specializes in Neurology
4400 Broadway Street; Center for Neurphysiology Suite 520
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. John Eatman's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His areas of expertise include nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and neuropathy (nerve dysfunction). Dr. Eatman is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Eatman is affiliated with Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Nerve Conduction Studies

Dr. Matthew C Fink, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1 Suite 728
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Matthew Fink specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). He has indicated that his clinical interests include chemical peels, psoriasis, and melanoma. He is affiliated with Dermatology Specialists and Saint Luke's South Hospital. Dr. Fink's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Fink is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Injections, Skin Issues, Melanoma

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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.
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