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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mc A41
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Joseph Iannotti is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: shoulder arthritis, shoulder revision, and shoulder arthroscopy. Dr. Iannotti is professionally affiliated with Marymount Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Iannotti is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Iannotti completed a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Iannotti has received the following distinctions: Cleveland Super Doctors; Graduated c um laude, Fordham University; and Biology Achievement Award, Fordham University. Dr. Iannotti (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Shoulder Revision, Shoulder Dislocation, Revision Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Desk A41
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Wael Barsoum is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After completing medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Barsoum performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. His areas of expertise include knee arthritis, knee ligament injury, and joint aspiration (arthrocentesis). His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Barsoum has received include Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholar; Reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and Journal of Arthroplasty; and Grant support from Orthopaedic Operating Room of the Future Program (Co-Investigator). He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Knee Arthritis, Knee Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Revision Arthroplasty, Total Hip Replacement, Hip ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code S80
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Gwendolyn Lynch is a neurologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: brain aneurysm, atherosclerosis, and guillain-barre syndrome. Dr. Lynch is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. She graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Lynch trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Ohio State University Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lynch honors.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Hemorrhage, Pneumonia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Meningitis, Encephalitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Vascular Neurology, Neurophysiology
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code S80
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Mei Lu specializes in vascular neurology and neurophysiology. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Lu's areas of expertise include post-polio syndrome (PPS), thoracic outlet syndrome, and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Lu attended medical school at Peking University Health Science Center. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Dermatomyositis, Spinal AVM, Radiculopathy, ... (Read more)

9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code S80
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Dhimant Dani's clinical interests include spinal cord injuries, brain aneurysm, and central line placement. He is affiliated with Euclid Hospital, South Pointe Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Dr. Dani is a graduate of Medical College Baroda. For his professional training, Dr. Dani completed residency programs at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bronchoscopy, Hemorrhage, Hemorrhagic Stroke, Trachea Problems, Stroke, ... (Read more)

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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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