An Ailing Venus Williams Exits

Posted on September 1st, 2011 by

Venus Williams departed the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Wednesday with downcast eyes, staring at an uncertain future after revealing she had received a diagnosis of Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain… Those stricken by the disease are predominantly female and typically receive a diagnosis in their 40s, said Dr. Joanne F. Shen, an ophthalmologist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona who treats patients with the disease because dry eyes are among the symptoms. The fatigue that characterizes the disease can be debilitating, Shen said. “It would certainly interfere with my ability to do my job,” she said, adding, “I see patients really not getting back to their previous level because of the fatigue.” Additional coverage: Evening Standard (UK), LA Times, Chicago Tribune

NY Times, by Karen Course, 9/1/11

Tags: Endocrinology / Diabetes, Mayo Clinic Arizona

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