What is the prevalence of keratoconjunctivitis sicca in HIV infection?

Updated: Jul 21, 2021
  • Author: Luca Rosignoli, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Dry eyes (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) are seen in about 10-20% of patients who are HIV positive, usually during later stages of the disease. Importantly, HIV-mediated inflammation is believed to result in aqueous tear deficiency via damage to lacrimal and accessory lacrimal glands. [5]


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