November 1997

Posterior Uveitis: Diagnosis and Management

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Madison, Wis


by Khalid F. Tabbara, MD, and Robert B. Nussenblatt, MD, 112 pp, Newton, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1994.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1997;115(11):1485-1486. doi:10.1001/archopht.1997.01100160655036

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This is a good textbook that is exclusively devoted to posterior uveitis. It complements and augments the existing uveitis textbooks because of its attention to the grading and diagnosis of posterior uveitis.

The book is divided into 5 sections containing a total of 13 chapters. The first section contains chapters introducing the subject of posterior uveitis and a scheme for grading it. Both the subspecialist with a uveitis focus and the general ophthalmologist will greatly benefit from reading chapter 2; its classification for grading intermediate and posterior uveitis is the book's greatest asset. This detailed schema will enable any practitioner to grade the posterior uveitis at the first visit so that improvement or worsening can be determined at subsequent visits.

The second section evaluates infectious causes of posterior uveitis. The chapter covering viral causes is nicely organized, focusing on viral retinitis associated with human immunodeficiency virus. The endogenous bacterial uveitis

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