Epidemiology of endogenous uveitis in north-eastern Italy. Analysis of 655 new cases

Acta Ophthalmol Scand. 2001 Feb;79(1):64-8. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0420.2001.079001064.x.


Purpose: To report the results of a retrospective analysis among endogenous uveitis patients in the north-eastern area of Italy.

Methods: The authors reviewed a series of 655 new cases treated between October 1986 and December 1993. The incidence of endogenous uveitis was calculated based on a 100,000 patient population.

Results: The average incidence was 11.40/100,000. The majority of patients were between the ages of 20 and 70 years (74.43%). A probable diagnosis was determined in 55.57% of cases; anterior uveitis was diagnosed in 58.01% of cases, posterior uveitis in 26.11%, panuveitis in 12.98%, and intermediate uveitis in 2.9% of cases. The authors observed recurrences in 25.49% of cases. While the first cases are almost equally distributed in the various months, the recurrences seem to be significantly more frequent in the cold (from November to February; mean air temperature <8 degrees) and transitional months (October and from March to May; mean air temperature from 8 degrees C to 18 degrees C) than in the warm months (from June to September; mean air temperature >18 degrees C). Respectively p=0.003 and p=0.029.

Conclusion: The incidence in this series is lower than in other European and American studies. Despite the high rate of idiopathic cases in this study, the authors support that the presentation of single case experiences may allow improved multi-centric analysis and a greater understanding of the epidemiology of uveitis.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Seasons
  • Sex Distribution
  • Uveitis / classification
  • Uveitis / epidemiology*