Approach to the Diagnosis of the Uveitides – Corrected Proof

Purpose: To describe an approach to diagnosing the uveitides, a collection of about 30 separate diseases characterized by intraocular inflammation.Design: Perspective.Methods: Integration of clinical approach with a more formal, informatics-derived approach to characterization and a Bayesian approach to laboratory testing.Results: The patient's uveitis is characterized along several dimensions: course, laterality, anatomic location of the inflammation, morphology, presence of active infection, and the host (age, presence of a systemic disease). Posterior uveitis can be characterized further by whether it is primarily a retinitis, choroiditis, or retinal vasculitis; by whether it is paucifocal or multifocal; and by the morphology of the lesions. (Read more...)

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