Ocular Sarcoidosis in Southern Taiwan
Source: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, Volume 18, Number 3, June 2010 , pp. 152-157(6)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:Purpose: To assess the clinical features of ocular sarcoidosis in southern Taiwan.Methods: A retrospective chart review of all patients diagnosed with sarcoidosis in Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital between 1991 and 2008. Age, sex, clinical features, systemic manifestations, biopsy sites, ocular manifestations, and visual acuity were recorded.Results: A total of 55 sarcoidosis patients were identified. Of these, 19 cases had ocular manifestations, including 5 males and 14 females. Of the total, 41 cases (75%) were confirmed by biopsy. Females were significantly older than males at onset. Posterior segment was involved in 16 cases. In 13 patients, initial presentations were blurred vision (n = 11) and floaters (n = 2).Conclusions: Ocular symptoms are a major initial presentation in sarcoidosis. Posterior segment is commonly involved, and may lead to significant visual impairment if not managed properly. Ophthalmologists should be alert to detect these patients early.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: 1Department of Ophthalmology, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan; and Yuhing Junior College of Health Care & Management, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 2: 2Department of Ophthalmology, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 3: 3Department of Ophthalmology, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; and School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Publication date: 2010-06-01