Recognition of posterior scleritis and its treatment with indomethacin

Retina. 1993;13(1):17-21. doi: 10.1097/00006982-199313010-00005.


Posterior scleritis is a rare disease, the clinical signs of which may vary. There is no consensus on the appropriate method of treatment for this disease. Some have advocated treatment with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, whereas others have reported variable success with potentially more toxic therapy. Patients with posterior scleritis constitute approximately 1% of the uveitis clinic population at the Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon. The cases of 6 patients with posterior scleritis, the diagnosis of which was elusive, are reported. Posterior scleritis was generally confirmed by ultrasound examination. Each of the patients responded to treatment with indomethacin, which was usually the sole method of nontopical therapy. Thus, recognition of this relatively rare disease had marked implications for treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Humans
  • Indomethacin / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retinal Detachment / diagnostic imaging
  • Scleritis / diagnosis*
  • Scleritis / drug therapy*
  • Ultrasonography
  • Visual Acuity


  • Indomethacin