Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science




Dr. Thomas Colletti


The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of uveitis, its classifications, diagnostic physical examination techniques, and tailored approach to management that is specific to each type of uveitis. A PubMed article search was conducted with the following search terms: anterior uveitis, posterior uveitis, uveitis diagnosis and treatment, and systemic diseases associated with uveitis. Twelve articles were reviewed and used as the framework for this clinical review. Uveitis is a complex condition characterized by inflammation of the uveal tract and subsequent infiltration of the eye with inflammatory response markers. Appropriate treatment is dictated by accurate assessment and diagnosis of the specific part of the uvea affected and its underlying cause. Early and accurate diagnosis and initiation of appropriate treatment can prevent vision loss in patients with uveitis; however, a high percentage of uveitis associated with systemic disease increases the need for a multispecialty approach to long term management.


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