Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Print version ISSN 0482-5004
GOUVEIA, Enéias Bezerra; ELMANN, Dório and MORALES, Maira Saad de Ávila. Ankylosing spondylitis and uveitis: overview. Rev. Bras. Reumatol. [online]. 2012, vol.52, n.5, pp. 749-756. ISSN 0482-5004. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0482-50042012000500009.
The present article reviews the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of ankylosing spondylitis and its association with ocular changes. The authors used the PubMed (MEDLINE), LILACS, and Ophthalmology Library databases. Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that usually affects the axial skeleton and can progress to stiffness and progressive functional limitation. Ankylosing spondylitis usually begins around the second to third decade of life, preferentially in HLA-B27-positive white males. Its etiology and pathogenesis are not completely understood, and its diagnosis is diffi cult. Clinical control and treatment are frequently satisfactory. Acute anterior uveíte is the most common extra-articular manifestation, occurring in 20%-30% of the patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Approximately half of the acute anterior uveíte cases are associated with the presence of the HLA-B27 antigen. It can be the first manifestation of an undiagnosed rheumatic disease, usually having a good prognosis and appropriate response to treatment. In conclusion, for better assessment and treatment of patients with uveitis, ophthalmologists and rheumatologists should work together.
Keywords : ankylosing spondylitis; anterior uveitis; HLA-B27; tumor necrosis factor alpha.