Ocular tuberculosis

Daniel M. Albert, Meisha L. Raven

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Ocular tuberculosis is an extrapulmonary mycobacterial infection with variable manifestations. The reported incidence of ocular involvement varies considerably, depending on the criteria used for diagnosis and the population sampled. However, tuberculosis is thought to affect the lungs in 80% of patients, with the remaining 20% being affected in other organs, such as the eye. It is imperative for physicians to consider this diagnosis in their differential, as ocular tuberculosis can present in a fashion similar to that of more common conditions causing ocular inflammation. In addition, prompt recognition of the clinical signs and symptoms leads to quicker initiation of antituberculosis therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberTNMI7-0001-2016
JournalMicrobiology Spectrum
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Ecology
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Cell Biology
  • Infectious Diseases


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