Uveal inflammation in septic newborn foals

Marta Leiva Repiso, Luis Monreal Bosch, Lara Armengou Ruiz, Maria Teresa Peña Gimenez, C. Cesarini

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Background: Septicemia in humans is described as a leading cause of uveitis, which eventually can induce blindness. Hypothesis/Objectives: Uveal inflammatory findings could be related to sepsis severity in newborn foals and might be used as an indirect indicator for survival. Animals: Seventy-four septic foals, 54 nonseptic foals, and 42 healthy foals. Methods: Prospective observational clinical study. A detailed blinded, ophthalmic examination was performed by boarded ophthalmologists on all admitted newborn foals. Foals were grouped as septic (when blood culture resulted positive or the sepsis score was 14), nonseptic, and controls. Based on blood culture results, the septic group was subdivided into bacteremic and nonbacteremic foals. Results: Blood culture was performed in 62/74 septic foals, from which 35 (56%) were bacteremic and 27 (44%) were nonbacteremic. Anterior uveitis was diagnosed in a significantly (P o.005) higher number of septic/bacteremic foals (14/35, 40%) than in septic/nonbacteremic foals (5/27, 19%), nonseptic foals (4/54, 7%), and control foals (0%). Anterior chamber fibrin was only observed in 4/14 (29%) septic/bacteremic foals with anterior uveitis. Anterior uveitis was also associated with posterior uveitis in 6/35 (19%) septic/bacteremic foals. The diagnosis of uveitis was related to nonsurvival (P 5.001, odds ratio 5 6.2, 95% confidence interval 5 2.1-18.2). Conclusions and Clinical Importance: Anterior uveitis is highly prevalent in septic newborn foals, especially in those with a positive blood culture, and it should be considered as a survival prognostic factor. © 2009 by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-397
JournalJournal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010


  • Chorioretinitis
  • Equine
  • Eye
  • Neonate
  • Sepsis
  • Survival indicator
  • Uveitis


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