Chronic uveitis in children with and without juvenile idiopathic arthritis: differences in patient characteristics and clinical course

Department of Ophthalmology, St. Franziskus-Hospital Muenster, Muenster, Germany.
The Journal of Rheumatology (Impact Factor: 3.19). 07/2008; 35(7):1403-7.
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Anterior uveitis (AU) in childhood may be the first manifestation of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). We identified factors that may help to differentiate JIA-associated AU from the more common idiopathic AU (IAU) before the onset of arthritis.
Children with IAU and with JIA-associated AU were analyzed for their demographics, age at onset of uveitis, uveitis course and complications, ocular surgery, antiinflammatory medication, and best corrected visual acuity (BCVA).
AU was associated with JIA in 88 cases, and was idiopathic in another 49. In the JIA group, 60% of patients were female compared to 47% in the IAU group (p = 0.154). Antinuclear antibody (ANA) was significantly more frequent in the JIA group (88% vs 33%; p < 0.001, OR 14.4, 95% CI 5.8-35.6). Insidious uveitis onset occurred more often in JIA than in IAU patients (67% vs 31%; p < 0.001, OR 4.6, 95% CI 2.2-9.8). Persistent uveitis was found in 82% of JIA patients, and in 57% of IAU patients (p = 0.003, OR 3.4, 95% CI 1.5-7.4). Median age of AU onset was 5 years in JIA and 9 years in IAU (p < 0.001). Uveitis complications at first presentation at our institutions were more frequent in JIA than in IAU patients (79% vs 61%; p = 0.027, OR 2.5, 95% CI 1.1-5.3). During followup, 69 surgical procedures (51% of patients, 1.31 per patient) were performed in the JIA group, and 18 in IAU patients (0.57 per patient) (p = 0.008). BCVA was better in the IAU patients at first presentation (p = 0.001).
The IAU and JIA-associated AU in childhood differ in their clinical course. ANA positivity, presence of uveitis complications at first manifestation, insidious onset, duration over 3 months, BCVA of 20/50 or less, and an age of 3 years or younger might help to detect AU associated with JIA. JIA uveitis manifests earlier, has more complications, and more often requires systemic immunosuppression and surgical intervention.

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    • "JIA-related uveitis may develop before, at the same time as, or after the arthritis onset.7 Risk factors for the development of uveitis in children with JIA are early onset of the disease, oligoarticular subtype, ANA-positive titers, female sex, specific human leukocyte antigen markers, and short duration of disease.8,9 It is associated with a high rate of complications,5,10 including posterior synechiae, cataract, glaucoma, and band keratopathy, causing visual impairment in the affected children. Moreover, in many cases, the significant ocular morbidity carried by this disease lasts well into adulthood. "
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    • "We tested for allergy associations by mining unstructured clinical notes and coded data. Although the methods applied have been validated in other studies [7,9,18-21], as an internal validation we reproduced previously reported associations of uveitis including age [22-26], oligoarticular-onset disease [3,22-25,27], antinuclear antibody (ANA) status [22-25,27], rheumatoid factor (RF) status [22,23,28], and the presence of psoriasis in the patient or in immediate relatives [29]. This study adds to a growing literature demonstrating the potential of analyzing clinical data warehouses for rapidly evaluating a clinically formed hypotheses using practice-based evidence [11,30]. "
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    • "ANAs are mainly associated with oligoarticular-onset JIA patients, but are also present in polyarticular and psoriatic subtypes [38,39]. Several reports have documented the association between the presence of ANAs and uveitis in JIA patients [40]. Distinct autoantigens that contribute to ANA positivity have not yet been identified. "
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