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Pars planitis


Other Names for this Disease
  • Infectious posterior uveitis
  • Intermediate uveitis
  • Peripheral retinal inflammation
  • Vitritis
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Treatment

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How might pars planitis be treated?

The first approach to treating pars planitis is corticosteroid eye drops or injections near the eye to control inflammation. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, including aspirin) or steroid medications (such as prednisone) can be taken by mouth. If these strategies are not successful, other medications may be given to reduce the body's immune response (medications called immunosuppressants, such as methotrexate).[1][2] 

If medications are not effective, surgery may be considered. Cryotherapy has been performed in affected people to remove eye tissue that has inflammation. Although this surgery has been shown to be effective in restoring clarity of vision, there are concerns that it may cause damage to other parts of the eye. Another surgery, known as vitrectomy, can be done to remove cloudy fluid (vitreous humor) from the eye.[3][1]
Last updated: 6/23/2015

References
  1. Robert H Janigian, Jr, MD. Intermediate Uveitis. Medscape Reference. August 2013; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1208794-overview.
  2. Michael Tolentino, MD; Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc. Retinal vasculitis associated with primary ocular disorders. UpToDate. November 2014; Accessed 6/22/2015.
  3. Prieto JF, Dios E, Gutierrez JM, Mayo A, Calonge M, Herreras JM. Pars planitis: epidemiology, treatment, and association with multiple sclerosis. Ocular immunology and inflammation. 2001; 9:93-102. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11449325. Accessed 4/3/2012.


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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Pars planitis. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Infectious posterior uveitis
  • 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.