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Pars planitis


Other Names for this Disease
  • Intermediate uveitis
  • Peripheral retinal inflammation
  • Vitritis
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Overview

Pars planitis is a disease of the eye that is characterized by inflammation of the narrowed area (pars plana) between the colored part of the eye (iris) and the choroid. This may lead to blurred vision; dark, floating spots in the vision; and progressive vision loss. As the condition advances, cataracts, retinal detachment, or macular edema (fluid within the retina) may develop. Pars planitis most often affects young men and is generally not associated with any other disease or symptoms (idiopathic); however, it can be associated with other autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis and sarcoidosis. Treatment typically includes corticosteroid drugs, immunosuppressive medications, and/or surgery.[1][2][3]
Last updated: 6/23/2015

References

  1. Pars Planitis. NORD. 2008; http://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/pars-planitis/.
  2. Robert H Janigian, Jr, MD. Intermediate Uveitis. Medscape Reference. August 2013; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1208794-overview.
  3. Michael Tolentino, MD; Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc. Retinal vasculitis associated with primary ocular disorders. UpToDate. November 2014; Accessed 6/22/2015.
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Basic Information

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  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology provides information about pars planitis. Click on the link to view the information related to this topic.

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  • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Pars planitis. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Intermediate uveitis
  • Peripheral retinal inflammation
  • Vitritis
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.