We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept CIGNA Plans near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. William Frederick Stenson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. William Stenson's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He speaks Bosnian. Dr. Stenson's clinical interests include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Stenson attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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Dr. Alan Pestronk, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine
1 Children's Place; Suite 2d
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Alan Pestronk's areas of specialization are pediatric neurology and neuromuscular medicine. These areas are among Dr. Pestronk's clinical interests: myasthenia gravis, nerve disorders, and muscular dystrophy. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Center for Advanced Medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Pestronk completed a residency program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Muscle Diseases, Neuroimmunology, Fatigue, Muscular Dystrophy, Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. David A Rubin, MD
Specializes in Musculoskeletal Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Sports Medicine
510 S Kingshighway Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. David Rubin is a musculoskeletal radiology, diagnostic radiology, and sports medicine specialist. In his practice, Dr. Rubin focuses on MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rubin takes. Dr. Rubin attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory arthritis

All Interests: Inflammatory Arthritis, Bone Problems, Soft Tissue Tumor, Sports Injuries, MRI, Arthrogram

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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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