Controversies in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis-associated Uveitis


OCULAR IMMUNOLOGY AND INFLAMMATION, vol.21, no.3, pp.167-179, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Juvenile idiopathic arthritis-associated uveitis (JIAU) accounts for a sizable proportion of uveitis cases in children and is an important cause of ocular morbidity in uveitis patients in this age group. The authors present the results of a survey conducted to obtain a better understanding of the current views and practices of ophthalmologists involved in the care of children with JIAU. A detailed questionnaire consisting of 54 questions addressing epidemiology, diagnosis, and therapy of JIAU was distributed to 67 uveitis specialists. The responses from 37 completed questionnaires were tabulated for this report. While the experts often agreed on aspects of the epidemiologic and clinical features of JIAU and its complications, considerable diversity of responses was noted-particularly with regard to practice patterns. Regarding diagnostics and disease monitoring, all experts favored ANA testing, whereas two-thirds also suggested HLA-B27 typing. Laser flare photometry was available to and routinely used by almost one-third of the experts. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was used by more than half. The survey revealed an overall consensus on therapeutic strategies, including the use of both conventional immunosuppressive and biologic agents. Methotrexate was the initial choice for immunosuppression by most respondents. Most would add an anti-TNF-alpha agent following failure of traditional immunosuppressive therapy, and adalimumab was favored by almost half of the experts. Questions addressing the management of individual situations, such as the treatment of macular edema and perioperative management, revealed considerable differences in therapeutic approaches. The results of this survey support the development of international guidelines for the management of JIAU.