Drug-induced uveitis

Ramana S. Moorthy*, Shailaja Valluri, Lee M. Jampol

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Uveitis has been reported in association with a variety of topical, intraocular, periocular, and systemic medications. To establish causality of adverse events by drugs, in 1981, Naranjo and associates proposed seven criteria, which are related to the frequency and documentation of the event; circumstances of occurrence, recovery, and recurrence; and coexistence of other factors or medications. Rarely does a drug meet all seven criteria. The authors review reports of drug-associated uveitis, applying the seven criteria and examining possible mechanisms. Only systemically administered biphosphonates and, perhaps, topical metipranolol meet all seven criteria. Systemic sulfonamides, rifabutin, and topical glucocorticoids fulfill at least five criteria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)557-570
Number of pages14
JournalSurvey of ophthalmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1998


  • Amphotericin B
  • BCG vaccine
  • Biphosphonates
  • Cidofovir
  • Corticosteroids
  • Diethylcarbamazine
  • Drugs
  • Gen tamicin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Measles vaccine
  • Metipranolol
  • Miotics
  • Nitrogen mustard
  • Oral contraceptives
  • PPD skin test
  • Rifabutin
  • Sulfonamides
  • Trifluoperazine
  • Uveitis
  • Vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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