2000, Number 3
Rev Med Hosp Gen Mex 2000; 63 (3)
Tenorio G, Guerrero SPJ, Torres AE
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ABSTRACTDiabetes mellitus has been described in populations of suffering uveítis. Objective: to demonstrate the prevalence of the disease in an open population of diabetic patients and to determine the clinical characteristics of the ophthalmologic pathology in such cases. Patients and methods: a prospective observational and transversal study was done in a nine month time period. The patients were classified according to international criteria in non-insulin dependents (NID) and insulin dependents (ID) as well the autonomic neuropathy and diabetic retinopathy. Results: 135 diabetic patients were studied, 70 out them were NID and 65 dependents, uveítis was shown in 10 patients (7.6%) associated with autonomic neuropathy in 6 and diabetic retinopathy in 6. The disease was characterized to be acute anterior uveítis with keratin fine deposits, severe inflammatory reaction including fibrin in half of the cases and was bilateral in 7 patients. Conclusions: uveítis is a severe complication in both types of diabetes mellitus associated to late complications as the autonomic neuropathy and retinopathy.