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We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Platinum HMO near Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Sunil Singhal, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
3400 Spruce Street; 6th Floor, Silverstein Pvln.
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Sunil Singhal sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialty is thoracic surgery. Dr. Singhal's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and cancer surgery. He is an in-network provider for Highmark, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. Dr. Singhal is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Lung Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Malignant Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Non-Small ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher T Plastaras, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
1800 Lombard Street; 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Christopher Plastaras sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Areas of expertise for Dr. Plastaras include leg pain, spinal decompression, and nerve block. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Plastaras studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Plastaras trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. He has received the distinction of Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Hip Pain, Radiculopathy, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert M Strauss, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
218 Wright Saunders Building; 51 N 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Robert Strauss' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Strauss's clinical interests include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Strauss has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Strauss (or staff) speaks Spanish and German.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, Liver Cancer, Intestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (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.