EM1703M "Ophthalmic Disease: A Rheumatologist's View" (IM GR-030317)

The eye is commonly affected by many diseases evaluated by a rheumatologist. Uveitis, i.e. inflammation inside the eye, has a lengthy differential diagnosis, which includes many infections and systemic inflammatory diseases. This lecture will familiarize the audience with important causes of uveitis, which include infections such as tuberculosis, syphilis, CMV, toxoplasmosis, and herpes simplex; malignancies such as B cell lymphoma; and systemic diseases such as ankylosing spondylitis and sarcoidosis. Internists in general and rheumatologists, infectious disease specialists, nephrologists, oncologists, and neurologists in particular should understand uveitis in order to collaborate with ophthalmologists to improve the diagnosis and treatment of this group of diseases.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Name 5 structures in or near the eye affected by systemic inflammatory diseases.
  • Name 5 diseases that cause both arthritis and uveitis.
  • Understand the relationship between retinal vasculitis and systemic vasculitis.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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James T. Rosenbaum, M.D.
Edward E. Rosenbaum Professor of Inflammatory Diseases;
Chair, Division of Arthritis & Rheumatic Diseases;
Professor of Ophthalmology, Medicine and Cell Biology;
Head, Uveitis Clinic; Director, Inflammation Research; Oregon Health & Science Industry – Casey Eye Institute – Portland, OR
Chief of Ophthalmology; Richard Chenoweth Chair; Clinical Vice-President Legacy Devers Eye Clinic – Portland, OR
The Ray A. and Robert L. Kroc Lecture Series in Rheumatology in Memory of Dr. Morris Ziff

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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