What is the role of lab studies in the workup of uveitis?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Monalisa N Muchatuta , MD, MS; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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The workup should be tailored to the patient according to the history or to the signs and symptoms that point to a certain etiology.

Laboratory workup may not be necessary in certain situations. [2] In cases of mild, unilateral nongranulomatous uveitis in the setting of trauma, known systemic disease, or a history and physical not suggestive of systemic disease, laboratory studies are unlikely to be helpful.

If the history and the physical examination findings are unremarkable in the presence of bilateral uveitis, granulomatous uveitis, or recurrent uveitis, a nonspecific workup is indicated.


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