High dose intravenous steroid therapy for severe posterior segment uveitis in Behçet's disease

Acar Gocgıl N.

British Journal Of Ophthalmology, vol.86, no.5, pp.521-523, 2002 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 86 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Journal Name: British Journal Of Ophthalmology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.521-523
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: Yes



To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of high dose intravenous steroid therapy (HDIST) in Behçet's disease patients with severeposterior segment uveitis attacks.


Five patients with ocular Behçet's disease were treated with HDIST for severe posterior segment attacks. Two patients had vasculitis, one patient had papillitis, and the other two had retinitis; four patients also had accompanying severe vitritis. The visual acuities and improvement in ocular signs after HDIST were evaluated.


During HDIST, patients had no systemic complications caused by treatment. All patients responded to HDIST with evidence of a decrease in intraocular inflammatory activity and improved visual acuities within a mean time of 7 (1-15) days of commencing treatment. During follow up three out of five patients had new posterior segment attacks.


HDIST is effective in controlling severe, vision threatening acute posterior segment Behçet's uveitis attacks and in improving visual function in a short period of time