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Jpn J Ophthalmol. 2007 Jan-Feb;51(1):60-3. Epub 2007 Feb 9.

Vogt-koyanagi-harada disease with onset in elderly patients aged 68 to 89 years.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Kochi Medical School, Kohasu, Nankoku, Japan. fukusima@kochi-u.ac.jp

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

We present the clinical case reports of elderly Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) disease patients, including the oldest patient at onset to date.

CASES:

Four patients with VKH disease, whose ages at onset were 68 to 89 years, were treated at Kochi Medical School Hospital between December 2002 and September 2004.

OBSERVATIONS:

Four elderly patients were diagnosed with VKH disease according to the International Revised Diagnostic Criteria for VKH disease. Two were treated with corticosteroid pulse therapy, but the other two could not tolerate high-dose steroid therapy and were treated with only topical corticosteroids. All had recurrences, which were treated effectively. None of these patients experienced recurrence after sunset glow fundus was observed in the follow-up period.

CONCLUSIONS:

VKH disease is thought to be more common in younger people, but it is not as uncommon in elderly people as is generally believed. Among elderly VKH disease patients, some cannot tolerate high-dose corticosteroid therapy, so we need to treat these patients with only topical corticosteroids.

PMID:
17295144
DOI:
10.1007/s10384-006-0379-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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