Ocular syphilisback again: Understanding recent increases in the incidence of ocular syphilitic disease

Alex Fonollosa, Joan Giralt, Laura Pelegrín, Bernat Sanchez-Dalmau, Antonio Segura, José Garcia-Arumi, Alfredo Adan

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Abstract

Purpose: The clinical findings and outcomes of 12 cases of luetic uveitis are reported. Methods: Review of clinical records. Results: Patients included 10 men and 2 women; 7 were homosexual, 9 HIV-positive. Six patients presented a medical history suggestive of syphilis. All patients presented with iritis and vitritis. Visual acuity improved in 11 patients after treatment. Conclusions: Syphilis has reemerged in developed countries. This may be related to the post-AID S/HAART era, with a growing pool of HIV-positive men who oftenly practice unsafe sex. We underscore the importance of a high index of suspicion of ocular syphilis in patients with these characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-212
JournalOcular Immunology and Inflammation
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • Epidemic
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Uveitis
  • Vitritis

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