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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 346

A letter from Dr. Salil Mehta

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Mehta S. A letter from Dr. Salil Mehta. Indian J Ophthalmol 2004;52:346

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Dear Editor,

I read with great interest the article by Singh R et al[1] which describes the unique patterns of uveitis in north India. I commend the author for their excellent paper but wish to make the following comments.

The authors discuss ankylosing spondylitis (AS) as "the most common cause of non-infective anterior uveitis". This is incorrect as ankylosing spondylitis is not the cause of uveitis. Both the uveitis and the AS are the result of a common pathological process, suspected to be autoimmune in nature. I feel it would be more accurate to term this subject of uveitis as "AS-associated" or "seronegative spondyloarthropathy (SSA)- associated".

The authors mention serpiginous choriodopathy as "the leading cause of posterior uveitis". This again is inaccurate as serpiginous choriodopathy is not the cause of any inflammation but a specific clinical picture or appearance of the inflammation. The cause of this disease remains to be elucidated but it may be hypersensitivity to tuberculous protein as hypothesised by the authors.

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Singh R, Gupta V, Gupta A. Patterns of uveitis in a referral eye clinic in north India. Indian J Ophthalmol 2004;52:121-25.  Back to cited text no. 1

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