In ankylosing spondylarthritis (AS), there is sometimes an anterior uveitis (AUV) or a previous history of AUV. The authors have reviewed the medical files of 338 hospitalised AS and 30 AS seen in consultation. They found an AUV in 28 hospitalised AS, or 8.3 p. cent of all cases (7.7 p. cent in men and 14.8 p. cent in women). In 3 cases (0.9 p. cent), the AUV was the first manifestation of the disease, preceding joint involvement. AUV was never found in patients seen in consultation. The findings of this investigation agree, but only partially, with those from the literature which, usually, acknowledge a greater frequency of AUV. Comparison with other previous investigations conducted in Italy enables to confirm that among Italian AS, AUV is less frequent than in other European and out of Europe series. It is possible that in a certain number of cases the AUV is not diagnosed clinically. However, it seems that the reduced incidence of the AUV discovered by a few Italian authors is not fortuitous (genetic factors?).