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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze HMO near Sunnyvale, TX.

Dr. Lisa Anne Garner, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
3310 Broadway Boulevard
Garland, TX

Dr. Lisa Garner is a dermatologist. These areas are among her clinical interests: port-wine stains, acne, and hemangioma. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall and the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Garner attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Garner accepts. Dr. Garner's distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors; Presidential Citation American Academy of Dermatology; and President Texas Dermatological Society.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Atopic Dermatitis, Herpes, Birthmark, Hair Loss, Keloids, Mycosis Fungoides, Molluscum ... (Read more)

Dr. Suresh Kumar Margassery, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
231 South Collins
Sunnyvale, TX

Dr. Suresh Margassery is an adult nephrology specialist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Margassery attended Madras Medical College and Thanjavur Medical College for medical school. In his practice, Dr. Margassery focuses on hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney problems, and autoimmune disorders. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Margassery honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks the following foreign languages: Tamil and Malayalam. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Hypertension, Immune Disorders, Autoimmune Disorders, Kidney Problems

Dr. Robert Kang Kwon, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
231 South Collins
Sunnyvale, TX

Dr. Robert Kwon is a specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. He works in Sunnyvale, TX, Rockwall, TX, and Plano, TX. His education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Kwon has indicated that his clinical interests include carpal tunnel surgery, hand surgery procedures, and rheumatoid arthritis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Resources.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Wrist Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Nerve Surgery, Hand Problems, Hand Surgery ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
231 South Collins
Sunnyvale, TX

Dr. Amir Torabi practices neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Torabi include sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. Dr. Torabi is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He is conversant in Persian. Dr. Torabi is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Sleep Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Neuropathy, Dementia, 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.