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Dr. Lawrence Kwok Leung Jung, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
111 Michigan Avenue, Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Lawrence Jung is a medical specialist in pediatric rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and kawasaki disease. He is in-network for Medicaid insurance. Dr. Jung is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. Dr. Jung's training includes residency programs at The Hospital for Sick Children and a hospital affiliated with McMaster University. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Earl Brewer Award for Physician Leadership, American Juvenile Arthritis Organization; Health Professional of the Year, Arthritis Foundation, Neb Chapter; and Top Doctors in Washington. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Children's National Health System.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roger J Packer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
111 Michigan Avenue, Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Roger Packer works as a pediatric neurologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Packer include neurofibromatosis, myasthenia gravis, and brain tumor. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Packer is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Packer speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's National Health System, Shady Grove Medical Center, and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Tumor, Learning Disabilities, Neurofibromatosis, Brain Tumor

Dr. Tova Ronis, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
111 Michigan Avenue Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Tova Ronis' specialty is pediatric rheumatology. Her areas of expertise consist of psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and kawasaki disease. Dr. Ronis is professionally affiliated with Children's National Medical Center and Inova Fairfax Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid insurance. Dr. Ronis is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Ronis trained at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Ronis (or staff) is conversant in Telephone Interpretation and French.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
3800 Reservoir Road, Nw; 2-phc, Room P2022
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Thomas Faust is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. He offers interpreting services for his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: hepatitis, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and autoimmune disorders. Dr. Faust is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Faust attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Faust takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Faust has received include Best Doctors in America and Multiple teaching awards. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (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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