Systemic immunosuppressive agents were used by 85.7% and 78.5% of patients, respectively. Over time, patients with ANCA-positive vasculitis experienced 2.75-fold higher mortality than other patients with inflammatory eye disease. Ocular disease in patients with ANCA-positive vasculitis

Angela S. Watkins, John H. Kempen, Dongseok Choi, Teresa L. Liesegang, S. S. Pujari, Craig Newcomb, Robert B. Nussenblatt, James T. Rosenbaum, Jennifer E. Thorne, C. Stephen Foster, Douglas A. Jabs, Grace A. Levy-Clarke, Eric B. Suhler, Justine R. Smith

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Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-positive vasculitis-the term recently applied to Wegener's granulomatosis-is a rare multi-system inflammation characterized by necrotizing granulomas and vasculitis. We investigated the ocular manifestations of this disease in a group of patients drawn from five inflammatory eye disease clinics across the United States. Of 8,562 persons with ocular inflammation, 59 individuals were diagnosed with ANCA-positive vasculitis; 35 males and 21 females, aged 16 to 96 years, were included in this study. Ocular diagnoses were scleritis (75.0%), uveitis (17.9%), and other ocular inflammatory conditions (33.9%) including peripheral ulcer-ative keratitis and orbital pseudotumor. Mean duration of ocular disease was 4.6 years. Oral corticosteroids and other

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-19
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Ocular Biology, Diseases, and Informatics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010



  • ANCA-positive vasculitis
  • Eye
  • Scleritis
  • Wegener's granulomatosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Genetics

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