Tubulointerstitial Nephritis and Uveitis Syndrome: Characterization of Clinical Features

Anjum F. Koreishi*, Mei Zhou, Debra A. Goldstein

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Purpose: To describe clinical manifestations of patients with tubulointerstitial nephritis and uveitis syndrome (TINU) with a focus on posterior segment findings. Methods: Retrospective chart review. Results: 17 patients were diagnosed with TINU. Ten (59%) were female. Average age at presentation was 19 years (range 7–49). Urine β2-microglobulin was elevated in all tested patients. Six patients (35%) had isolated anterior uveitis. Eleven (65%) had posterior segment findings. Three (18%) had multifocal choroidal lesions, seven (41%) had disc edema, four (24%) had macular edema, three (18%) had choroidal neovascular membranes, two (12%) had retinal vasculitis, one (6%) had disc neovascularization and vitreous hemorrhage, one (6%) had bilateral posterior scleritis. Eleven (65%) required systemic steroid therapy, seven (41%) required immunomodulatory therapy. Conclusions: TINU occurs in all age groups. Posterior segment manifestations are common. Most patients required systemic steroid therapy, with a significant number requiring long-term systemic immunomodulation. Careful fundus examination is required on all patients with TINU.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1312-1317
Number of pages6
JournalOcular Immunology and Inflammation
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - 2021


  • TINU
  • interstitial nephritis
  • interstitial nephritis and uveitis
  • pediatric uveitis
  • tubulointerstitial nephritis
  • tubulointerstitial nephritis and uveitis
  • uveitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Ophthalmology


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