We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Cigna near Frisco, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5350 Independnce Parkway; Suite 100
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Renuka Basavaraju, who practices in Irving, TX and Frisco, TX, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Basavaraju (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. Her clinical interests include immunotherapy, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and fibromyalgia. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She graduated from Osmania Medical College. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Basavaraju honors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Immunotherapy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Rheumatic Diseases, Allergies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Antonio Contreras, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4461 Coit Road; Suite 402
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Juan Contreras' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Contreras honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Lupus

Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
5375 Coit Road; Suite 130
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Maushmi Sheth is a neurophysiologist and neurologist in Frisco, TX. These areas are among her clinical interests: nerve conduction studies (NCS), migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Sheth is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Secure Horizons. She graduated from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College and then she performed her residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Dr. Sheth (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Sheth is professionally affiliated with Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Migraine, Neuropathy, Electroencephalography, Nerve Conduction Studies, Pain, Headache, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Eugene Berry, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
8501 Wade Boulevard; Suite 270
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Robert Berry is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Frisco, TX, Plano, TX, and Dallas, TX. Dr. Berry attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school and subsequently trained at Riverside County Regional Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Berry include meniscus surgery, knee arthritis, and elbow pain. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Berry takes. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Meniscus Surgery, Knee Arthritis, Elbow Pain, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Knee Pain, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. Jun Chen, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Coit Road; Suite 301 Pavillion One
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Jun Chen is a nephrologist. These areas are among her clinical interests: renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. Dr. Chen is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Her practice is open to new patients. She attended Peking University Health Science Center for medical school and subsequently trained at Peking University Health Science Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Chen speaks Mandarin.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Renal Vascular Disease, Kidney ... (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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