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What is Sjogren's syndrome Venus Williams suffering from incurable Sjogren's syndrome

What is Sjogren's syndrome Venus Williams suffering from incurable Sjogren's syndrome

Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 101 as of 10 October 2011 in singles and World No. 20 in doubles as of 2011.

She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on February 25, 2002.

Her 21 Grand Slam titles ties her for twelfth on the all time list
Following are the titles

1. seven in singles
2. twelve in women's doubles
3. two in mixed doubles

Those seven Grand Slam singles titles ties her with four other women for twelfth place on the all-time list.

Her five Wimbledon singles titles ties her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list.

Venus Williams is one of only three women in the open era to have won five or more Wimbledon singles titles.

From the 2000 Wimbledon Championships through the 2001 US Open, Williams won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments held.

She is one of only five women in the open era to win 200 or more main draw Grand Slam singles matches.

Williams has won three Olympic gold medals, one in singles and two in women's doubles

The seven-time Grand Slam winner and the two times U.S. Open winner Venus Williams was diagnosed with the syndrome a month before she withdrew from the U.S. Open, but did not tell anyone about it even though she could feel the effects in her first match, which she won.
She told to media that 'I couldn't raise my arm over my head, the racket felt like concrete. I had no feelings in my hands. They were swollen and itchy. I realised it would be a miserable show.'

The tennis ace said she worried the illness might mean the end of her career so decided to take a break.

She is now seeking holistic alternatives like yoga and massage.
Now she has changed her diet to raw vegan dishes which should help ease the inflammation on her joints.

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Sjögren's syndrome facts

Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease.
Autoimmune diseases feature the abnormal production of extra antibodies in the blood that are directed against various tissues of the body.

Sjögren's syndrome involves inflammation of glands and other tissues of the body.

Sjögren's syndrome was first described in 1933 by Swedish eye specialist Henrik Sjögren
Sjögren called the syndrome "keratoconjunctivitis sicca.
The term sicca refers to the dryness of the eyes (and mouth).

The condition causes antibodies to attack the body's moisture-producing glands, leading to dryness on the body due to lack of secretion.

The illness most commonly affects the eyes, mouth, salivary glands, lungs, kidneys, skin and nervous system but all organs of the body can be affected.

In rare cases, complications from Sjogren's syndrome can cause salivary gland infections, kidney problems, ulcers or pancreatitis.

All instances of Sjogren’s are systemic, affecting the entire body.

They may remain steady, worsen, or, uncommonly, go into remission. While some people experience mild discomfort, others suffer debilitating symptoms that greatly impair their functioning.

Diagnosis of Sjögren's syndrome can be aided by a saliva-gland biopsy.

Sjogren's syndrome with gland inflammation (resulting in dry eyes and mouth, etc.) that is not associated with another connective tissue disease is referred to as primary Sjögren's syndrome.

Sjögren's syndrome that is also associated with a connective tissue disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, or scleroderma, is referred to as secondary Sjögren's syndrome.

Dryness of eyes and mouth, in patients with or without Sjögren's syndrome, is sometimes referred to as sicca syndrome.

Currently there is no known cure is available for this Sjogren's syndrome.
The exact cause of Sjögren's syndrome is not known.
Recent research has suggested that rituximab (Rituxan) may be beneficial for many features of Sjögren's syndrome.

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veerubhai December 30, 2011  


veerubhai December 30, 2011  

Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune condition affecting the salivary and lacrimal glands ,resulting in a dry mouth and and dryness of the eyes .In the systemic form of the disease
other glands may be affected ,causing dryness of the airways ,vagina or skin as well as the joints .(producing a relatively mild form of arthritis)and muscles (which ache ),and there may be tiredness and lethargy .

veerubhai December 30, 2011  

sjogren's syndrome may also occur secondarily to other conditions (e.g rheumatoid arthritis ).symptomatic treatment ,including saliva and tear substitutes ,is available .patients are suscptible to dental caries ,and preventive measures are important .
H.S.C .Sjogren (1899-1986),Swedish ophthalmologist.

Shreya December 30, 2011  

Great info about sjogren's syndrome. I feel bad for my favorite tennis star. :O

sm,  December 31, 2011  

veerubhai,,thanks thanks for adding more info.

Usha January 05, 2012  

sm, such a strange and incurable sjogren's syndrome...I wish some miraculous recovery is blessed upon Venus Williams and she stands back to play again.
I wonder what we call this syndrome in India? We know about it only after Venus suffered from it...may be we have treatment for similar symptoms in India.
Thanks for this informative post.

SM January 05, 2012  


Have to find out what they call it in India.

Happy New year

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