, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 549–554 | Cite as

Early treatment of tuberculous uveitis improves visual outcome: a 10-year cohort study

  • Luis Anibarro
  • Eliana Cortés
  • Ana Chouza
  • Alberto Parafita-Fernández
  • Juan Carlos García
  • Alberto Pena
  • Carlos Fernández-Cid
  • África González-Fernández
Original Paper



Diagnosis of tuberculous uveitis (TBU) is often challenging and is usually made after excluding other causes of uveitis. We analysed the characteristics of TBU and variables associated with visual outcome.


A retrospective, observational analysis was performed in patients with presumptive TBU who were started on specific TB treatment between January 2006 and June 2016. Demographic, clinical, radiological, analytical and ophthalmic examination variables were studied. After completing TB treatment, a follow-up of at least 9 months was performed. A univariate and logistic regression analysis was applied to identify the variables associated with visual acuity and recurrences of uveitis.


Forty affected eyes of 24 individuals were identified; 79% of patients were diagnosed during the last 3 years of the study period. Median delay from onset of symptoms to diagnosis was 12 weeks. Loss of visual acuity was the most frequent symptom (87.5%). Posterior uveitis was the most frequent localization (72.9%); 19 patients (79.2%) presented at least one of the Gupta signs predictive of TBU, but there were no confirmed diagnoses.


There was improvement in visual acuity in 74.4% of the eyes, but a complete response was achieved only in 56.4%. There was recurrence in two patients. The initiation of treatment ≥ 24 weeks after onset of symptoms was significantly associated with no improvement (p = 0.026).


TBU can cause permanent damage to visual acuity, particularly in patients with delayed diagnosis. A prompt initiation of systemic TB treatment is essential to improve visual prognosis.


Tuberculosis Uveitis Intraocular tuberculosis 



Fundación Galicia Sur Statistics Foundation for statistical support.


Without financing.

Compliance with ethical standards

An institucional Review Board approval was obtained from the Comité Ético de Investigación Galicia Sur (registration code 2017/007.

Conflict of interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unidad de Tuberculosis, Enfermedades Infecciosas, Servicio de Medicina Interna, Complexo hospitalario universitario de PontevedraInstituto de Investigación Sanitaria Galicia SurPontevedraSpain
  2. 2.Inmunología, Centro de investigaciones Biomédicas, CINBIO, Centro Singular de Investigación de GaliciaUniversidad de VigoVigoSpain
  3. 3.Servicio de Medicina InternaHospital universitario Ramón y CajalMadridSpain
  4. 4.Servicio de OftalmologíaComplexo hospitalario universitario de PontevedraPontevedraSpain

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