n South African Medical Journal - Anterior chamber paracentesis to improve diagnosis and treatment of infectious uveitis in South Africa : forum - healthcare delivery
|Article Title||Anterior chamber paracentesis to improve diagnosis and treatment of infectious uveitis in South Africa : forum - healthcare delivery|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Erasmus MC, The Netherlands, 2 Erasmus MC, The Netherlands, 3 Rotterdam Eye Hospital, The Netherlands, 4 Anova Health Institute, 5 Anova Health Institute, 6 Anova Health Institute, 7 Groote Schuur Hospital, 8 University of Cape Town, 9 University of Cape Town, 10 Rotterdam Ophthalmic Institute, The Netherlands, 11 VU University Medical Center, The Netherlands, 12 University of Veterinary Medicine, Germany and 13 University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Aug 2015|
|Pages||628 - 630|
Infectious uveitis is a significant cause of blindness in South Africa, especially among HIV-infected individuals. The visual outcome of uveitis depends on early clinical and laboratory diagnosis to guide therapeutic intervention. Analyses of aqueous humor obtained by anterior chamber paracentesis direct the differential diagnosis in infectious uveitis. However, although safe and potentially cost-effective, diagnostic anterior chamber paracentesis is not common practice in ophthalmic care across Africa. We draw attention to this important procedure, which could improve the diagnosis and prognosis of infectious uveitis.
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