[Uveitis in the elderly]

Klin Monbl Augenheilkd. 1994 May;204(5):319-22. doi: 10.1055/s-2008-1035548.
[Article in French]


Background: There is only scarce information available in the literature on uveitis of older patients. The aim of this study was to study this age group in greater detail.

Patients and methods: 435 patients were seen in the uveitis clinic of the University Eye Hospital Jules Gonin from January 1990 to March 1993. We analysed here the 94 (21.8%) patients that presented a first episode of uveitis after the age of sixty.

Results: This collective was characterised by an increased frequency of the anatomic diagnosis of panuveitis (p < 0.0001), and of the specific diagnosis of zoster uveitis (p < 0.0001), sarcoidosis (p < 0.0001), uveitis associated with scleritis (p < 0.05) and granulomatous anterior uveitis (p < 0.01). The frequency of diagnosis of intermediate uveitis was significantly reduced (p < 0.034) as were the specific diagnosis of HLA-B27 positive acute anterior uveitis (p < 0.001), pars planitis (p < 0.08) and non granulomatous anterior uveitis (p < 0.01). Reiter's uveitis, Possner-Schlossmann Syndrome, Behçet's uveitis, Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease and Toxoplasmosis retinochoroiditis were never diagnosed in this group of elderly patients. The proportion of defined specific diagnosis (75.5%) was comparable to the group of patients of less than 60 years old.

Conclusion: As can be seen from our data, epidemiological characteristics of old age uveitis differ markedly from younger patients which should influence the diagnostic approach in these patients.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Switzerland / epidemiology
  • Uveitis / diagnosis
  • Uveitis / epidemiology
  • Uveitis / etiology*