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We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept HealthCare USA near Kansas City, MO.

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

Dr. Christopher Larsen is an otolaryngologist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Larsen's areas of expertise include graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Larsen takes. He is professionally affiliated with 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 specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and stroke. Dr. Arkin is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. His medical residency was performed at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Dr. Arkin has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is affiliated with 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 is a vascular neurologist in Kansas City, MO. These areas are among Dr. Boutwell's clinical interests: general neurology, multiple sclerosis (MS), and stroke. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Boutwell attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She 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

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

Dr. John Eatman is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and neuropathy (nerve dysfunction). Dr. Eatman takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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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 works as a dermatologist. He is especially interested in chemical peels, psoriasis, and melanoma. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Fink attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Dermatology Specialists and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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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.