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Kent K Huston MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4330 Wornall Road; Suite 40, Building 2
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Kent Huston is a Kansas City, MO physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Huston's areas of expertise include scleroderma. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Yale School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Huston has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

Kazi Syed MD
Specializes in General Practice, Neurology
Average rating 4.3 stars out of 5 (234 ratings)
2301 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Kazi Syed's medical specialty is general practice and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Syed's education and training includes medical school at Osmania Medical College and residency at the University of Missouri Health System. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep study, bell's palsy, and migraine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Syed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. He is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis

All Interests: Headache, Dizziness, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, Parkinson's Disease, Migraine, Myasthenia Gra ... (Read more)

Dr Steven M Arkin MD
Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 3.66 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
4400 Broadway; Suite 520
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Steven Arkin is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Arkin at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and stroke. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. Dr. Arkin trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for residency. 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

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

Dr Christine M Boutwell MD
Specializes in Vascular Neurology
Average rating 4.61 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
4400 Broadway; Suite 520
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Christine Boutwell's area of specialization is vascular neurology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of general neurology, multiple sclerosis (MS), and stroke. Dr. Boutwell has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. She studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Boutwell's training includes residency programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Boutwell is affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology

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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