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Research Letter
May 24, 2018

Association of Gout With Uveitis in Older Individuals

Author Affiliations
  • 1Medicine Service, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama
  • 2Department of Medicine at School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham
  • 3Division of Epidemiology at School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham
JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online May 24, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.1758

Uveitis, often associated with autoimmune diseases, leads to 30 000 new cases of legal blindness annually in the United States and $243 million in health care expenses.1-3 Limited epidemiologic information is available from 2 US population-based studies2,4 that did not focus on older individuals (≥65 years of age), a population expected to increase to more than 70 million in 2030 in the United States. Therefore, our objective was to assess whether gout, a crystal-induced inflammatory arthritis, is associated with an increased risk of a new diagnosis of uveitis in older individuals.

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