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We found 2 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near College Station, TX.

Dr. Angelo Sermas, MD
Specializes in Neurology
800 Scott & White Drive; 3rd Floor
College Station, TX

Dr. Angelo Sermas practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in College Station, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Sermas has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Sermas graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sermas include: Texas Super Doctors and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2014-2015.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Cerebrovascular ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan Ramprasad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1700 University Drive East
College Station, TX

Dr. Jonathan Ramprasad works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Ramprasad honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He has received the following distinction: NASPGHAN Neurogastroenterology and Motility Award. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Biliary Disorders, ... (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.