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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold PPO near Allen, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1105 Central Expressway North; Suite 370
Allen, TX
 

Dr. Rajesh Putcha is an adult gastroenterology specialist in McKinney, TX and Allen, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Putcha include hepatitis C, celiac disease, and liver tumor. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Putcha has an open panel. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Liver Resection, Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Ravi Shankar Chittajallu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1105 Central Expressway North; Suite 2220
Allen, TX
 

Dr. Ravi Chittajallu is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: colon polypectomy, hepatitis C, and gallbladder problems. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Medical Center of McKinney. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chittajallu honors. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from Andhra Medical College. Dr. Chittajallu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Upper Endoscopy, Intestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4510 Medical Center Drive; Suite 318
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Gabriel Rendon practices adult gastroenterology in McKinney, TX and Plano, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Rendon's areas of expertise include colon cancer, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC). He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rendon accepts. Dr. Rendon has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Problems, Gallstones, Upper Endoscopy, Esophagus ... (Read more)

Dr. Easwar Meenakshi Sundaram Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurology
4510 Medical Center Drive; Suite 301
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Easwar Sundaram's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Sundaram average 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and stroke. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sundaram honors. His education and training includes medical school at Madras Medical College and the University of Vermont College of Medicine and residency at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care. Dr. Sundaram's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Medical Center of McKinney.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Stroke, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease

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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.