Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2006 Jun;20(3):487-505. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2006.03.008.


Uveitis is a prevalent disease that mainly affects young people. It leads to a significant number of visual losses. Acute anterior uveitis is the most prevalent form, and it is often associated with spondyloarthritides in which uveitis can be the first manifestation of disease. Precise patterns of uveitis are frequently associated with systemic diseases. Thus, the close collaboration between ophthalmologists and rheumatologists avoids unnecessary diagnostic tests and is essential for the correct assessment and treatment of these patients. Acute anterior uveitis usually has a good prognosis compared with other forms of uveitis. However, it is a cause of disability when flares are frequent. Small prospective studies conducted with sulphasalazine have demonstrated a reduction in the number of flares. Other patterns of uveitis have a worse prognosis, and systemic corticosteroids and/or immunosuppressive drugs are usually required. Infliximab is a promising therapeutic option in selected patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anterior Chamber / pathology
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Glucocorticoids / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Infliximab
  • Prognosis
  • Spondylarthropathies / complications
  • Spondylarthropathies / pathology*
  • Sulfasalazine / therapeutic use
  • Uveitis / complications
  • Uveitis / drug therapy
  • Uveitis / pathology*


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Sulfasalazine
  • Infliximab