We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept AmeriHealth near Reston, VA.

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Dr. Jonathan Ira Orwitz, MD
Specializes in Neurology
768 Business Center Drive
Reston, VA
 

Dr. Jonathan Orwitz works as a neurologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Orwitz include brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. Patient ratings for Dr. Orwitz average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Orwitz is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Duke University Hospital. Dr. Orwitz has received the distinction of Fellow American Academy of Neurology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Advocare Neurology of South Jersey, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Jersey City Medical Center. Dr. Orwitz welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Facial Pain, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Eliza Alexianu, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
768 Business Center Drive
Reston, VA
 

Dr. Maria Alexianu's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her education and training includes medical school at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Clinical interests for Dr. Alexianu include concussion, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Alexianu (or staff) is conversant in Romanian, Spanish, and German. Dr. Alexianu is professionally affiliated with Jersey City Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Myositis, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Wrist Problems, Parkinson's ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
1768 Business Center Drive; Suite-100
Reston, VA
 

Dr. Seth Keller practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Keller's training includes a residency program at National Naval Medical Center. His areas of expertise include brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. The average patient rating for Dr. Keller is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Advocare Neurology of South Jersey and Inspira Medical Center Vineland. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Facial Pain, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Facial ... (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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