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Tuberculosis of the eye in Italy: a forgotten extrapulmonary localization
University of Padua, Italy .
Padua University Hospital, Italy .
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuroscience. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
University of Padua, Italy .
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2014 (English)In: Infection. Zeitschrift für Klinik und Therapie der Infektionen, ISSN 0300-8126, E-ISSN 1439-0973, Vol. 42, no 2, 335-342 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose Tuberculosis (TB) of the eye is a well-known extrapulmonary localization in high-incidence countries. Data on its relevance in developed countries are scanty. We aim to study the epidemiological and clinical pattern of ocular TB in a tertiary care institution of a western country. Methods From 2007 to 2010, consecutive patients with a diagnosis of isolated ocular TB or associated to extraocular TB were recruited. Patients with ophthalmological and clinical features of TB were treated with standard antitubercular therapy (ATT) and steroids in case of concomitant severe ocular inflammation. Results Seventeen cases of ocular and extraocular TB and 45 cases of isolated ocular TB were identified. The proportion of patients with ocular and extraocular TB in our local district was 8.1 %, with a proportion of 10.6 % for the isolated cases. In Cohort 1, only one patient was symptomatic for ocular impairment, and uveitis without inflammation was the most common presentation. On the contrary, in Cohort 2, all patients had visual impairment, mainly with bilateral involvement. 77.8 % of the patients showed an inflammatory pattern. ATT was administered for at least 9 months, in four cases with a short course of systemic corticosteroids. Eight cases in Cohort 2 showed recurrence after 1 year from diagnosis. Conclusions TB of the eye should not be forgotten, even in geographical areas not considered among endemic countries. Ocular evaluation is advisable in patients with pulmonary and extrapulmonary TB, as early detection may allow ATT to preserve visual acuity.

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Springer Verlag (Germany) , 2014. Vol. 42, no 2, 335-342 p.
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Tuberculosis; TB of the eye; Uveitis; Extrapulmonary TB
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106980DOI: 10.1007/s15010-013-0554-4ISI: 000334899600009OAI: diva2:721371
Available from: 2014-06-04 Created: 2014-06-02 Last updated: 2015-03-29

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