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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology