Session Type: ACR Poster Session C
Session Time: 9:00AM-11:00AM
Uveitis is the most common extra-articular manifestation occurring in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the characteristics of uveitis in patients with AS using questionnaire survey.
Methods: A questionnaire-based survey was conducted for patients enrolled in AS registry at a rheumatology clinic in a tertiary hospital between September 2015 and December 2015. Patients responded to 10 questions, with several sub-questions related to eye disease including uveitis.
Results: A total of 750 patients participated in the survey. Among them, 266 (35%) answered that they had an eye disease including uveitis (64%), conjunctivitis (8%), dry eye (6%), and iritis (5%). The number of patients who were diagnosed with uveitis in the ophthalmology department was 218 (29%). The number of patients who experienced a flare of uveitis more than once a year was 109 (50%). In addition, at the time of the study, only 53 (24%) had been recommended to undergo testing for autoimmune disease. The most common symptoms of patients with uveitis were ocular congestion (61%), eye pain (54%), and decreased visual acuity (51%). Interestingly, 91 of the 532 patients (17%) who had not been diagnosed with uveitis before also experienced similar symptoms.
We identified various eye-related problems and the clinical characteristics of uveitis in patients with AS. Our survey revealed not only information about AS-related eye diseases but also the need for cooperation between rheumatologists and ophthalmologists.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Lee S, Koo BS, Shin JH, Kim TH. Characteristics of Eye Diseases in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis in Korea: A Single-Center Survey [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017; 69 (suppl 10). https://acrabstracts.org/abstract/characteristics-of-eye-diseases-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-in-korea-a-single-center-survey/. Accessed February 27, 2020.
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