Post-streptococcal uveitis syndrome in a Caucasian population: a case series

David S. Curragh*, Clara E. McAvoy, Madeleine Rooney, Eibhlin McLoone

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Abstract

Background/Objectives
Uveitis is an uncommon manifestation of post-streptococcal syndrome (PSUS). Despite reports, the condition is often not well recognised. The purpose of this study is to report a case series of children with post-streptococcal uveitis.

Subjects/Methods
In this retrospective case series, all cases of PSUS were identified from all new paediatric patients diagnosed with uveitis over a 6-year period. Diagnosis of PSUS was based on the following diagnostic criteria: unilateral or bilateral uveitis with positive anti-streptolysin O titres (ASOT) or anti-deoxyribonuclease (anti-DNase) titres, and negative routine investigations for other causes of uveitis.

Results
Eleven Caucasian paediatric patients were diagnosed with PSUS. One had a novel finding of peripheral corneal endotheliopathy, 73% of patients presented in spring or winter months and 88% of eyes had a final VA of better than or equal to 6/12 at a mean follow-up of 22 months. Systemic immunosuppressant treatment was used in 36% of patients. Adalimumab was used in 18% of patient’s refractory to other treatment.

Conclusions
We report on the largest consecutive series of Caucasian patients under 16 years of age with PSUS. We have demonstrated a seasonal preponderance with presentation typically in winter or spring. We report a novel finding of corneal endotheliopathy in one of our PSUS patients. We also report on the benefit of adalimumab in the management of severe cases of PSUS; use of biologics in this particular cohort of uveitis patients has not previously been reported. With aggressive treatment our patients achieved good visual outcomes comparable to other published series.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-384
Number of pages5
JournalEye (Basingstoke)
Volume33
Issue number3
Early online date18 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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