Clinical features and outcomes of HLA-B27-positive and HLA-B27-negative acute anterior uveitis in a Turkish patient population

Tuncer S., ADAM Y., URGANCIOGLU M., Tugal-Tutkun I.

OCULAR IMMUNOLOGY AND INFLAMMATION, vol.13, no.5, pp.367-373, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09273940490912461
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.367-373
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose: To compare the clinical features and outcomes of HLA-B27-positive and HLA-B27-negative acute anterior uveitis (AAU) in a large Turkish patient population. Methods: Forty-four patients with HLA-B27-positive AAU and 65 with HLA-B27-negative AAU were reviewed retrospectively. HLA-B27 typing, gender, laterality, clinical features (fibrinous reaction, hypopyon formation), ocular complications, medical treatment, and final visual acuity were recorded. Statistical analyses included Student's t -test, Fisher's exact test, Yate's corrected chi 2 test, and Mann-Whitney U test. A p -value of < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: Forty percent of all patients with AAU were found to be positive for HLA-B27 antigen. HLA-B27-positive AAU was significantly more common in males and HLA-B27-negative AAU in females. Unilateral or bilateral alternating AAU as well as fibrinous reaction and hypopyon formation were more common in HLA-B27-positive patients. Posterior iris synechiae and cataract formation were more common and systemic immunosuppressive agents were exclusively required in patients with HLA-B27-negative AAU. Visual outcome did not differ significantly between the HLA-B27-positive and HLA-B27-negative groups. Conclusions: HLA-B27 association is less common in Turkish patients with AAU than in other populations reported in the literature. Although distinct features of HLA-B27 uveitis were confirmed in our study, visual outcome did not differ from idiopathic AAU. Therefore, we believe that HLA-B27 typing in patients with AAU helps the clinician with the diagnosis. However, it has a limited value in determining the prognosis.