What is uveitis?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Monalisa N Muchatuta , MD, MS; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Uveitis is defined as inflammation of the uveal tract, which is further subdivided into anterior and posterior components. The anterior tract is composed of the iris and ciliary body, while the posterior tract includes choroid. Hence, uveitis is inflammation of any of these components and may also include other surrounding tissues such as sclera, retina, and optic nerve. [1] Uveitis is often idiopathic but may be triggered by genetic, traumatic, immune, or infectious mechanisms.

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