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

Dr. Kent Huston specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Kansas City, MO. His clinical interests encompass scleroderma. Dr. Huston is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Huston attended Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Huston has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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All Interests: Scleroderma

Specializes in Neurology
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 1235
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jay Robinson is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Robinson is 4.5 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Robinson accepts. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. Dr. Robinson has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Headache, Parkinson's Disease, Myasthenia Gravis

Specializes in Neurology
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 1235
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Larry Hollenbeck is a neurologist. He is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. Dr. Hollenbeck is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hollenbeck include: American Academy of Neurology Fellow; Kansas City Ingram's Magazine Top Doc; and Kansas City Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, Blepharospasm, Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Migraine, Peripheral ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Christine Boutwell is a vascular neurologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Boutwell include general neurology, multiple sclerosis (MS), and stroke. She is affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center. Dr. Boutwell attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Boutwell is 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology

Specializes in Neurology
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 1235
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Sarah Hon is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hon include epilepsy. Dr. Hon is affiliated with Meritas Health. Dr. Hon is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. She studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include American Academy of Neurology Fellow; American Academy of Neurology Palatucci Leader and Advocate; and William Jewell College Citation of Achievement.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. Steven Arkin's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Arkin's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and stroke. He takes Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics' residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Arkin is professionally affiliated with 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. Kazi Ehteshamuddin Syed, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2301 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Kazi Syed is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Syed attended medical school at Osmania Medical College. He trained at the University of Missouri Health System for his residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep study, bell's palsy, and migraine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Syed (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Syed is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

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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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