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Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 1996 Dec;3(3):151-8.

A uveitis register at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Leicester Royal Infirmary, U.K.


In the study of uveitis, epidemiology is frequently neglected. Our uveitis register consisted of data collected on all uveitis patients except minor, easily resolved, anterior uveitis cases at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. The diagnoses of these patients were classified by the aetiological method. A total of 712 patients was entered into the register over a period of 10 years starting from January 1985. In the study, 73.0% of the cases fit into named clinical syndromes while 27.0% of the cases were diagnosed as idiopathic but uncategorised. The commonest definable cause of anterior uveitis was HLA-B27-related acute anterior uveitis, comprising 15.2% of all uveitis cases. Intermediate uveitis accounted for 7.9% of all cases while the commonest definable cause of posterior uveitis was toxoplasmosis, forming 4.6% of all uveitis cases. The aim of the study was to present data relating to diagnostic categories from a primary and secondary uveitis clinic, and to explore the usefulness of such a uveitis register within an ophthalmic department.

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