Anterior chamber paracentesis to improve diagnosis and treatment of infectious uveitis in South Africa

Erik Schaftenaar, Karin Lecuona, Seerp Baarsma, Christina Meenken, Georges Verjans, James McIntyre, Remco Peters

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Abstract

Infectious uveitis is a significant cause of blindness in South Africa, especially among HIV-infected individuals. The visual outcome of uveitis depends on early clinical and laboratory diagnosis to guide therapeutic intervention. Analyses of aqueous humor, obtained by anterior chamber paracentesis, directs the differential diagnosis in infectious uveitis. However, although safe and potentially cost-effective, diagnostic anterior chamber paracentesis is not common practice in ophthalmic care across Africa. We seek to draw attention to this important procedure that could improve the diagnosis and prognosis of infectious uveitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-30
Number of pages3
JournalSouth African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde
Volume105
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • Anterior Chamber/microbiology
  • Comorbidity
  • HIV Infections/epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Paracentesis
  • South Africa
  • Uveitis/diagnosis

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