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Joseph P. Iannotti MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 5 stars (11 ratings)
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mc A41
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Joseph Iannotti's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Iannotti's areas of expertise include shoulder arthritis, shoulder revision, and shoulder arthroscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Marymount Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Iannotti has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Shoulder Revision, Shoulder Dislocation, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shoulder Problems, Shoulder Surgery, ... (Read more)

Wael K. Barsoum MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 5 stars (3 ratings)
9500 Euclid Avenue; Desk A41
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Wael Barsoum works as an orthopedist. The average patient rating for Dr. Barsoum is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Barsoum's clinical interests: knee arthritis, knee ligament injury, and joint aspiration (arthrocentesis). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine and a graduate of Cleveland Clinic's residency program. Dr. Barsoum's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Fairview Health Services.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Knee Arthritis, Knee Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Revision Arthroplasty, Total Hip Replacement, Hip ... (Read more)

Gwendolyn F. Lynch MD
Specializes in Neurology
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code S80
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Gwendolyn Lynch's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Lynch completed residency programs at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Ohio State University Medical Center. Her clinical interests include brain aneurysm, atherosclerosis, and guillain-barre syndrome. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Hemorrhage, Pneumonia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Meningitis, Encephalitis, ... (Read more)

Mei Lu MD
Specializes in Vascular Neurology, Neurophysiology
average rating 3.95 stars (6 ratings)
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Mei Lu's specialties are vascular neurology and neurophysiology. She practices in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Lu's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Lu include post-polio syndrome (PPS), thoracic outlet syndrome, and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Lu's education and training includes medical school at Peking University Health Science Center and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU).

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Relevant Interests: , acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Second Opinions, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Dermatomyositis, Spinal AVM, ... (Read more)

Dhimant Dani MD
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code S80
Cleveland, OH
 

Clinical interests for Dr. Dhimant Dani include spinal cord injuries, brain aneurysm, and central line placement. He is professionally affiliated with Euclid Hospital, Lakewood Hospital (Lakewood, OH), and Medina Hospital. He graduated from Medical College Baroda and then he performed his residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dani takes.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bronchoscopy, Hemorrhage, Hemorrhagic Stroke, Stroke, Central Line ... (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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