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Diagnosis and Management of Ocular Inflammatory Disease

  • Michael Jay WeissEmail author
  • Albert J. Hofeldt
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Abstract

Uveitis, strictly defined, represents inflammation of the uveal tract, which includes the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. However, the term uveitis, as used by clinicians, is more commonly an all-encompassing term for inflammation anywhere within the eye. To illustrate this point, ocular toxoplasmosis, the most common cause of posterior “uveitis” in North America, is actually a primary “retinitis” and therefore would not be considered a true uveitis. Scleritis, a disease commonly managed by uveitis specialists, is technically not a uveitis, as the sclera is not a uveal tract component.

Keyword

Uveitis Ocular inflammatory disease Anterior uveitis Posterior uveitis Intermediate uveitis Masquerade syndromes in uveitis Topical steroid treatment in uveitis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ophthalmology, Edward S. Harkness Eye InstituteColumbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.AMA OpticsMiami BeachUSA

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