(1/82) Posterior scleritis: clinical profile and imaging characteristics.

Posterior scleritis is relatively uncommon and is often misdiagnosed due to its protean manifestations. We report eight cases of posterior scleritis to analyse the clinical profile, ultrasonographic and computed tomography (CT) scan features of this rare disorder. Fundus findings included serous retinal detachment, choroidal folds, retinal folds, subretinal mass, choroidal detachment, disc edema, and macular edema. There was associated anterior scleritis and anterior uveitis in the majority of the cases. In all cases ultrasound with or without CT scan confirmed the clinical diagnosis. All patients responded to systemic steroids except one who required immunosuppressive therapy. This paper describes the clinical profile of a series of posterior scleritis cases highlighting varied clinical presentation, and the role of ultrasound and CT scan findings in the diagnosis.  (+info)

(2/82) Haemophilus influenzae associated scleritis.

AIMS: To describe the clinical course and treatment of Haemophilus influenzae associated scleritis. METHODS: Retrospective case series. RESULTS: Three patients developed scleritis associated with ocular H influenzae infection. Past medical history, review of systems, and laboratory testing for underlying collagen vascular disorders were negative in two patients. One patient had arthritis associated with an antinuclear antibody titre of 1:160 and a Westergren erythrocyte sedimentation rate of 83 mm in the first hour. Each patient had ocular surgery more than 6 months before developing scleritis. Two had cataract extraction and one had strabismus surgery. Nodular abscesses associated with areas of scleral necrosis were present in each case. Culture of these abscesses revealed H influenzae in all patients. Treatments included topical, subconjunctival, and systemic antibiotics. Scleral inflammation resolved and visual acuity improved in each case. CONCLUSION: H influenzae infection may be associated with scleritis. Accurate diagnosis and treatment may preserve ocular integrity and good visual acuity.  (+info)

(3/82) Necrotising scleritis after bare sclera excision of pterygium.

AIM: To report cases of scleral necrosis after simple pterygium excision in which adjunctive treatment was not used. METHODS: We reviewed four patients who presented with scleral melt after pterygium excision without the use of adjunctive treatment in the form of beta irradiation, mitomycin C, or thiotepa. Each patient was thoroughly investigated to exclude underlying disease. RESULTS: Certain similarities were found between our patients with pterygium melt and cases of surgically induced necrotising scleritis including the location of melt, associated inflammation, and its response to steroid treatment in the latent period before they presented. CONCLUSION: Bare sclera pterygium excision can cause surgically induced necrotising scleritis years after the surgery.  (+info)

(4/82) Use of cyclosporin in the treatment of steroid resistant post-keratoplasty atopic sclerokeratitis.

AIMS: To demonstrate that oral cyclosporin is successful in the management of steroid refractory post-keratoplasty atopic sclerokeratitis (PKAS). METHODS: Series of three patients. RESULTS: The patients developed PKAS between 2 and 11 days after surgery. All cases failed to respond to oral prednisolone 60-80 mg daily for 10-30 days but resolved with the addition of systemic cyclosporin 5.0-7.5 mg/kg/day. There have been no relapses following withdrawal of therapy after 3-18 months. CONCLUSIONS: PKAS is an uncommon, but severe, complication of corneal graft surgery and often responds to oral prednisolone treatment. Oral cyclosporin results in rapid resolution of PKAS in steroid unresponsive cases.  (+info)

(5/82) Toward new therapies for ocular inflammation.

While the use of this type of therapy and its application are far from immediate clinical application, the theory to support this approach is plausible. Most forms of anti-inflammatory therapy employed for ocular inflammatory diseases including iritis, scleritis, and chorioretinitis are derived from the success of these therapies for other organ systems. Just as ophthalmologists have the unique opportunity to visualize the hallmarks of the immune response, so do ophthalmologists have the unique opportunity to test this therapeutic approach which we speculate could offer improved efficacy and specificity over current modalities. Technological advances have helped to create an exciting era in ophthalmology. We believe that this technology can eventually be applied to the treatment of inflammatory diseases involving other body systems, as well as those primarily involving the eye.  (+info)

(6/82) A case of nodular scleritis in association with Behcet's disease.

Approximately 50% of patients with scleritis are known to be associated with systemic connective tissue diseases or vasculitic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Wegener's granulomatosis, relapsing polychondritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. The patients with scleritis in association with Behcet's disease (BD) have been rarely described in the literature. We report a 46-year-old female patient with BD who developed the nodular scleritis.  (+info)

(7/82) Inhibition of the TNF-pathway: use of infliximab and etanercept as remission-inducing agents in cases of therapy-resistant chronic inflammatory disorders.

OBJECTIVE: To examine the potential of the two tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors infliximab and etanercept as remission-inducing agents in chronic therapy-resistant inflammatory disorders of immune or non-immune pathogenesis. METHODS: 14 patients with adult Still's disease/macrophage activation syndrome (4), Wegener's disease (3), Behcet's disease (3), keratoscleritis (1), lymphomatous tracheo-bronchitis (1) Cogan's syndrome (1), and rapidly destructive crystal arthropathy (1) were treated with infliximab (n = 10) and etanercept (n = 4). All patients showed organ-threatening progression of their diseases with resistance to conventional immunosuppressive medication. Therapeutic benefit was assessed clinically and by documenting organ-specific functional and morphological alterations. Side effects were compared with the data of our clinic's rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients treated by TNF inhibitors. RESULTS: A rapid and dramatic beneficial effect was documented in 9 patients and a moderate one in 5. Best responses (clinical and laboratory parameters) were seen in patients with macrophage activation syndrome/adult Still's disease and Behcet's disease, while the results were less impressive in those with Wegener's disease, Cogan's syndrome, idiopathic cerato-scleritis and lymphomatous tracheobronchitis. In all cases immunosuppressive agents and systemic glucocorticoids could be reduced or discontinued. CONCLUSIONS: TNF inhibition may be highly effective in patients with severe, therapy-resistant chronic inflammatory disorders.  (+info)

(8/82) Orbital myositis in scleritis.

AIMS: To investigate the association between scleritis and myositis. METHODS: Retrospective, non-comparative case series. Records and ultrasonograms were examined of 132 patients, with a diagnosis of episcleritis or scleritis, who attended the ophthalmology department at Leiden University Medical Center between 1997 and 2000. 103 were eligible for comprehensive examination. Medical records were evaluated. Ultrasonography was performed in all patients diagnosed with episcleritis or scleritis. Clinical features, precipitating factors, systemic associations, ocular complications, treatment, and outcome of each patient were assessed. RESULTS: Of the 103 patients, 27 (26.2%) had episcleritis and 76 (73.8%) had scleritis. Myositis was found to be present in 11 patients. It was present in 14.5% of all patients with scleritis and 30.5% of those in whom the posterior sclera was affected. The presence of the associated myositis did not worsen the visual prognosis and the presence of myositis was not associated with other systemic diseases. There were no cases of unilateral scleritis with bilateral orbital myositis. During an attack ocular complications were more common in patients with scleritis and myositis (64%) than in patients with scleritis alone (30.4%), indicating a more diffuse and potentially dangerous inflammation. There was no evidence that the inflammatory changes in the orbit had spread to involve the sclera, so it is assumed that the muscle changes are an extension of a generalised response to intense inflammation of the episclera and sclera. CONCLUSION: This study found a frequent association between myositis and scleritis. Prognosis for vision was not affected by coexistence of myositis.  (+info)