Huskies’ Kemp has Graves’ dis­ease, plans to keep play­ing

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SEAT­TLE | Wash­ing­ton for­ward Shawn Kemp Jr. has been di­ag­nosed with Graves’ dis­ease, an au­toim­mune con­di­tion af­fect­ing the thy­roid, but he will con­tinue play­ing for the Huskies.

The school an­nounced Kemp’s con­di­tion Tues­day. He was of­fi­cially di­ag­nosed in early Septem­ber and was slowed dur­ing pre­sea­son prac­tices due to the ill­ness. Kemp first started hav­ing symp­toms in late July.

Graves’ dis­ease re­sults in the over­pro­duc­tion of thy­roid hor­mones.

The school’s med­i­cal staff has de­vel­oped a treat­ment plan for Kemp and be­lieves his on-court per­for­mance will not be af­fected once the plan is in full effect.

Kemp had to sit out much of the Huskies’ pre­sea­son prac­tice be­cause of the con­di­tion.

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