We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Empire BlueCross BlueShield near Sewell, NJ.

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Dr. Alan Jay Mushnick, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
875 Kings Highway
West Deptford, NJ
 

Dr. Alan Mushnick works as an adult gastroenterologist in Voorhees, NJ, Deptford, NJ, and Sewell, NJ. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mushnick include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. Dr. Mushnick's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His residency was performed at Cooper University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Bruce Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
875 Kings Highway
West Deptford, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Goldstein, who practices in Deptford, NJ, Voorhees, NJ, and Sewell, NJ, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Goldstein include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. Before performing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Goldstein attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric D Strauss, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
608 North Broad Street
Woodbury, NJ
 

Dr. Eric Strauss works as a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: amputation, forearm fracture, and hand joint replacement. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Strauss trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for his residency. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Strauss honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory arthritis

All Interests: Forearm Fracture, Hand Joint Replacement, Elbow Pain, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. Alex M Celluzzi, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
875 Kings Highway
West Deptford, NJ
 

Dr. Alex Celluzzi practices adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and hepatitis C. Dr. Celluzzi is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Cirrhosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew M Alloy, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
875 Kings Highway
West Deptford, NJ
 

Dr. Andrew Alloy is an adult gastroenterologist in Deptford, NJ, Voorhees, NJ, and Sewell, NJ. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, anemia, and celiac disease. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford, Dr. Alloy attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Cirrhosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Pancreatitis, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul S Panebianco, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
129 Johnson Road; Suite 4
Turnersville, NJ
 

Dr. Paul Panebianco is a specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. He graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Panebianco trained at Metropolitan Hospital, Philadelphia. Patient ratings for Dr. Panebianco average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Scleroderma, Kidney Stones, Hyperparathyroidism, Hypertension, Lupus, ... (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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