Lack of consensus in the diagnosis and treatment for ocular tuberculosis among uveitis specialists

Uveitis Specialists Study Group

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Purpose: To assess the approach of specialists to ocular tuberculosis (TB). Methods: The American Uveitis Society (AUS) Listserv was surveyed using two clinical cases and general questions. Results: Of 196 members, 87 responded (44.4%), of whom 64 were affiliated with practices in North America, while 23 were outside of North America. The survey provided normative data on how physicians evaluate patients with uveitis as well as opinions about ocular TB. Responses varied widely on such issues as (1) the pretest probability that a patient with granulomatous panuveitis had TB uveitis (range 1-75%) or that a patient with a risk factor for TB had ocular TB (range 0-90%); (2) the optimal duration of anti-TB therapy; and (3) whether therapy should be discontinued after 2 months in nonresponders. Conclusions: Consensus is lacking among uveitis specialists for the diagnosis or management of ocular TB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-31
Number of pages7
JournalOcular Immunology and Inflammation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2015


FundersFunder number
Stan and Madelle Rosenfeld Family Trust
William and Mary Bauman Foundation
National Institutes of Health
National Eye InstituteP30EY010572
National Eye Institute
Research to Prevent Blindness
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Oregon Clinical and Translational Research InstituteUL1TR000128
Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute


    • Post-test probability
    • Pretest probability
    • Tuberculosis
    • Uveitis


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