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Backus to host forum on Sjogrens Syndrome

July 3, 2013

NORWICH – The William W. Backus Hospital will host “Understanding Sjogrens: My Eyes and Mouth are Dry Every Day” on Tuesday, July 23, from 5-6 p.m. in the Backus Outpatient Care Center conference room at 111 Salem Turnpike, Norwich.  Sandeep Varma, MD, Medical Director of the Backus Arthritis Center, will present the educational forum.

The event is free, but registration is required by calling 860-425-8710.

Nearly 4,000,000 Americans suffer from Sjogren’s Syndrome, making it one of the most prevalent autoimmune disorders in the country.  Nine out of 10 diagnosed with the syndrome are women.  While symptoms of Sjogren’s include dry eyes and dry mouth, the disorder can cause more significant dysfunction to the body’s organs.

Early diagnosis and proper treatment are important — they may prevent serious complications and greatly improve a patient’s quality of life.