Clinical Case Database / Category: Patient Management


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Mr Simon Keightley FRCS, FRCOphth, Dr Abigail Jonas MA (Oxon), BMBCh
Foundation Years Journal, volume 9, issue 6, p.72 (123Doc Education, London, June 2015)


Uveitis comprises a group of related disorders, which can be categorised based on which part of the eye is affected. In this article, we present the case history of a typical patient presenting with acute anterior uveitis, discuss the features that should alert the non-specialist to the possibility of this condition, and describe the management of uveitis in the ophthalmology department. This article mainly focusses on acute anterior uveitis, as it is the most common presentation of uveitis that foundation trainees are likely to encounter, but intermediate and posterior uveitis are also briefly described. We also discuss the most common systemic diseases associated with uveitis, and describe features that should prompt further investigation for systemic disease.

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Mr Simon Keightley FRCS, FRCOphth

Consultant in Ophthalmology
Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
Aldermaston Road
RG24 9NA

Dr Abigail Jonas MA (Oxon), BMBCh (Corresponding author)

ST3 in Ophthalmology
Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
Aldermaston Road
RG24 9NA


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