Uveitis: Role of the physician in treating systemic causes

J. P. Dunn, R. A. Nozik

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Abstract

For older patients with uveitis, defined as any inflammation of ocular structures-including the uvea-there are four typical etiologies infection, 'masquerade syndromes,' systemic disease, and idiopathic. Uveitis is associated with a systemic cause in about 40% of cases. It manifests in a number of ways, but common symptoms include sudden onset of pain, redness, and sensitivity to light, chronic floaters, or a gradual decrease in vision. Diagnosis aimed at finding an underlying cause. Depending on the symptoms, useful diagnostic tests include syphilis serology, chest x-ray, Lyme antibody titer, PPD skin test, and skin test for anergy. Treatment, including the use of corticosteroids or antibiotics, is based on the underlying etiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalGeriatrics
Volume49
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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