SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.26 issue3Variation of the corneal endothelium in patients operated on from high myopia, with phakic lens implantationClinical and epidemiological characteristics of infectious keratitis in patients operated on by optic penetrating keratoplasty author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




  • Have no cited articlesCited by SciELO

Related links

  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO


Revista Cubana de Oftalmología

Print version ISSN 0864-2176


SUNET ALVAREZ, Adrianne Mayuli; RODRIGUEZ MARTIN, Yoel Nicomedes  and  VERDECIA MACIAS, Jackeline. Clinical characteristics and etiologic diagnosis of viral uveitis. Rev Cubana Oftalmol [online]. 2013, vol.26, n.3, pp.369-378. ISSN 0864-2176.

Objective: To identify the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of viral uveitis according to their etiology. Methods: Observational, cross-sectional and descriptive study to determine the clinical and etiological diagnosis, according to the plolymerase chain reaction results, of 10 eyes from patients seen at the uveitis consultation service at "Ramon Pando Ferrer" Cuban Institute of Ophthalmology from May to November 2010. The sample comprised intraocular fluids taken from the patients. The analyzed variables were age, sex and race, general or ocular personal background, anatomical and pathological classification of uveitis, progression, bilaterality, and initial and final visual acuity and intraocular pressure, respectively, funduscopy findings and PCR results. The collected information was processed and expressed in tables. Results: The average age of the studied patients was 34.5 years; most of them had had episodes of unilateral anterior uveitis. The final best corrected visual acuity improved when compared to the initial one of the study group, although the intraocular pressure remained high with no control. The most found virus was Herpes simplex. Conclusions: The viruses are responsible for causing ocular inflammation of varied presentations, which occasionally delays the diagnosis and worsens the visual prognosis. In these cases, the PCR method has proved to be useful tool to set the final etiological diagnosis.

Keywords : viral uveitis; panuveitis; polymerase chain reaction; Herpes simplex.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in Spanish     · Spanish ( pdf )