How is uveitis characterized in ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

Updated: Feb 02, 2021
  • Author: Lawrence H Brent, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The uveitis associated with AS is usually acute in presentation and unilateral, and symptoms include a painful red eye with photophobia, increased lacrimation, and blurred vision. The involvement is usually anterior, rarely including posterior elements. Attacks usually resolve over 2-3 months with treatment, and residual visual impairment is unlikely unless treatment is inadequate or delayed. Recurrences are common.

The uveitis that develops in ReA is similar to the uveitis that develops in AS, whereas the uveitis that develops in PsA and in spondyloarthropathy associated with IBD tends to be more chronic and bilateral and often involves posterior elements.

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