Journal article

Syphilitic uveitis and optic neuritis in Sydney, Australia

Luke C Northey, Simon E Skalicky, Avinash Gurbaxani, Peter J McCluskey

British Journal of Ophthalmology | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2015


AIMS: To describe ocular syphilis presentations to a tertiary referral eye hospital over a 5-year period and to document HIV coinfection frequency. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted of consecutive ocular syphilis presentations to Sydney Eye Hospital from 2007 to 2012. Inclusion criteria were positive syphilis serology, ocular inflammation on clinical examination and appropriate syphilis treatment. Outcome measures were clinical features at presentation and best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) at interval follow-up. RESULTS: Thirty-seven eyes of 25 patients were included in the series. Patients were predominantly male (92.0%, p<0.05) with mean age 43.7±14.0 years. Eight (32.0..

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