We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Catastrophic HMO near Lees Summit, MO.

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Dr. Karen Jean Haas, DO
Specializes in Neurology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; #270-a
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Karen Haas is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Her areas of expertise include concussion, migraine, and stroke. Dr. Haas is professionally affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center. She obtained her medical school training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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Dr. John Woody Harlan, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Suite 270 A
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. John Harlan specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Lees Summit, MO and Lexington, MO. Dr. Harlan attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at National Naval Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: bell's palsy, seizure disorders, and migraine. Dr. Harlan has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Lafayette Regional Health Center and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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Dr. Kathryn A Hedges, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Suite 270 A
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Kathryn Hedges, who practices in Lees Summit, MO, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include the following: tremors, bell's palsy, and blepharospasm. Dr. Hedges is affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Hedges completed a residency program at Ohio State University Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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Dr. Aruna Rokkam, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Suite 165
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Aruna Rokkam specializes in medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders) and practices in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO. She attended NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rokkam include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Rokkam accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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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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