From Frugivore — Tennis superstar Venus Williams pulled out of the US Open yesterday, siting that her inner circle was concerned for her health after she was diagnosed with Sjögren’s (show-grens) syndrome, a little-known autoimmune disorder.

So what is Sjögren’s syndrome? A quick look on the internet for answers, one can find out that this disease is scary but treatable. TIME Healthland asked Dr. Victoria Shanmugam, an assistant professor of rheumatology at Georgetown University, to explain the condition.

Here is a small excerpt from the TIME article:

What is Sjögren’s syndrome?
It’s an autoimmune disease that is typically characterized by inflammation in the tear ducts and salivary glands. We’re not sure why it focuses on these tissues. Many people will have a very mild form, and experience dryness of the eyes and mouth, fatigue, joint pain and myalgias [or muscle pain]. Many people will have that and nothing else. But a small proportion of people will go on to have multi-organ system disease that behaves a little more like lupus [another autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune cells start to attack healthy tissues, particularly in the joints].

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