High-resolution ultrasound biomicroscopy as an adjunctive diagnostic tool for anterior scleral inflammatory disease

Acta Ophthalmol. 2016 Sep;94(6):e384-9. doi: 10.1111/aos.12995. Epub 2016 Feb 19.


Purpose: To study high-resolution ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) findings in anterior scleral inflammatory disease and evaluate the efficacy of high-resolution UBM as an adjunctive diagnostic tool.

Methods: A cross-sectional study. The medical records of 30 patients (33 eyes) with episcleritis or anterior scleritis were reviewed for clinical features and high-resolution UBM findings. Ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) examination was performed using 50 MHz Aviso S (Quantel Medical, Clermont-Ferrand, France).

Results: Seventeen eyes had episcleritis [nodular (12), simple (five)], and 16 eyes had anterior scleritis [nodular (14), diffuse (two)] as classified by UBM. The use of high-resolution UBM allowed high-resolution imaging of the sclera and episclera and showed characteristic patterns of episcleritis and anterior scleritis. The clinical classification matched UBM findings in 25 (76%) eyes. In the other eight eyes (24%), UBM analysis led to a change in the final classification: four eyes with suspected episcleritis were classified with scleritis, and four eyes with suspected scleritis were classified with episcleritis. Eleven patients (36.7%) had an associated systemic disease.

Conclusion: High-resolution UBM enabled visualization of distinct imaging findings of episcleritis and anterior scleritis, indicating its usefulness in the classification of challenging cases of anterior scleral inflammatory disease.

Keywords: anterior scleral inflammatory disease; anterior scleritis; episcleritis; high-resolution ultrasound biomicroscopy.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anterior Eye Segment / diagnostic imaging*
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Acoustic*
  • Middle Aged
  • Scleritis / classification
  • Scleritis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Visual Acuity
  • Young Adult