HTLV-1 uveitis in Colombia, an underrecognized complication of a hitherto neglected condition: a case series

by | Apr 28, 2023 | Publications

Ther Adv Infect Dis. 2023 Apr 20;10:20499361231165864. doi: 10.1177/20499361231165864. eCollection 2023 Jan-Dec.


Three Colombian patients with chronic HTLV-1 infection and severe intermediate and/or posterior uveitis are described. In one case, retinal ablation was necessary due to extensive peripheral degeneration, while the other two were successfully managed with local anti-inflammatory therapy. Gradual resolution of ocular findings was observed in all three patients on follow-up. Uveitis is a rarely recognized late complication of this infection, which represents a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge for clinicians in endemic countries. The real extension of HTLV-1 prevalence in Colombia and the frequency of its ophthalmologic complications remain to be determined.

PMID:37114190 | PMC:PMC10126695 | DOI:10.1177/20499361231165864

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