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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1328 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Elyse Rubenstein works as a rheumatologist. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: lupus and arthritis. Dr. Rubenstein is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Rubenstein accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. Before performing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Rubenstein attended Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine for medical school.

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All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Paul Steven Yamauchi, PhD, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; #1160w
Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Paul Yamauchi is a surgical dermatologist in Santa Monica, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yamauchi include facial problems, acne, and psoriasis. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Yamauchi honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Yamauchi speaks Japanese. Dr. Yamauchi is professionally affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Providence Saint John's Health Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, YAG Laser ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
1801 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Martina Wiedau works as a neurologist and neuromuscular medicine specialist in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Wiedau include general neurology, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Providence Saint John's Health Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wiedau takes. She welcomes new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Wiedau attended medical school at the University of Marburg Faculty of Medicine. She has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. She is conversant in German.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Polymyositis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Headache, Head Injury, Neck Pain, Hydrocephalus, General ... (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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