We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept HealthCare USA near Kansas City, MO.

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Dr. Steven M Arkin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
4400 Broadway; Suite 520
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Steven Arkin is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Arkin has a special interest in multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and stroke. He takes Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He graduated from Rush Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Arkin completed a residency program at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Stroke, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease

Dr. Christine M Boutwell, MD
Specializes in Vascular Neurology
4400 Broadway; Suite 520
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Christine Boutwell's specialty is vascular neurology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include general neurology, multiple sclerosis (MS), and stroke. Dr. Boutwell has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Boutwell attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Boutwell's hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology

Dr. Rola Abdelrahman Mostafa Mahmoud, MD
Specializes in Neurology
4400 Broadway Street; Ms Center Suite 520
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Rola Mahmoud's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Mahmoud has indicated that her clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS), neuroimmunology, and stroke. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. She attended Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. She is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Mahmoud's professional affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Neuroimmunology, Seizures

Dr. John David Eatman, MD
Specializes in Neurology
4400 Broadway Street; Center for Neurphysiology Suite 520
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. John Eatman is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. His areas of expertise include nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and neuropathy (nerve dysfunction). He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Eatman attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Eatman's professional affiliations include Wright Memorial Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Nerve Conduction Studies

Dr. Matthew C Fink, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1, Suite 728
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Matthew Fink specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). His areas of expertise include the following: chemical peels, psoriasis, and melanoma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Dermatology Specialists and Saint Luke's South Hospital. Dr. Fink graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Injections, Skin Issues, Melanoma

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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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