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Fuchs heterochromic iridocyclitis


Other Names for this Disease
  • FHI
  • Fuchs heterochromic cyclitis
  • Fuchs heterochromic uveitis
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Overview

Fuchs heterochromic iridocyclitis (FHI) is an unusual form of chronic (long-lasting) uveitis. Uveitis is swelling and irritation of the middle layer of the eye. Diagnosis of FHI is considered in people with floaters, vision loss, and heterochromia. FHI often affects young adults and most often involves a single eye. People with FHI are at risk for cataract, glaucoma, and vitreous opacity (clouding of the jelly-like substance in the eyeball).[2]  The cause of FHI is not known.[1] Click here to view a diagram of the eye.
Last updated: 9/2/2014

References

  1. Velilla S, Dios E, Herreras JM, Calonge M. Fuchs' heterochromic iridocyclitis: a review of 26 cases. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2001 Sep; 9(3):169-75. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11815885. Accessed 9/2/2014.
  2. Liu Y, Takusagawa HL, Chen TC, Pasquale LR. Fuchs heterochromic iridocyclitis and the rubella virus. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2011 Fall; 51(4):1-12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21897135.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • FHI
  • Fuchs heterochromic cyclitis
  • Fuchs heterochromic uveitis
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.