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

Dr. Jonathan Orwitz's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Orwitz include brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Orwitz is professionally affiliated with Advocare Neurology of South Jersey, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Jersey City Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Duke University Hospital. Dr. Orwitz's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans. He has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Orwitz's practice is open to 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 is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Dr. Alexianu's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise include concussion, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. She is professionally affiliated with Jersey City Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center. She takes AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school, Dr. Alexianu completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Alexianu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Romanian, Spanish, and German.

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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 is a neurologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Keller include brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Advocare Neurology of South Jersey and Inspira Medical Center Vineland. Before performing his residency at National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Keller attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Medicare Supplement (Medigap), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Keller 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)

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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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