Mrs N fidgeted behind me as I focused the slitlamp beam on her daughter’s eye. “Laura has anterior uveitis,” I pronounced.
“But why, doctor? We eat such a healthy diet,” mom replied and added, with just a hint of pleading in her tone, “We exercise. We avoid stress.”
“I’m afraid it’s idiopathic, Mrs N,” I said. My own response was tinged with regret that I could not be more specific. “We know it’s due to an immune response. But her disease just does not fit into a known niche, so we label it idiopathic.”
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