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Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume 2013, Article ID 928264, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/928264
Review Article

Gender and Spondyloarthropathy-Associated Uveitis

Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA

Received 4 October 2013; Accepted 11 December 2013

Academic Editor: H. Nida Sen

Copyright © 2013 Wendy M. Smith. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Spondyloarthropathies encompass a group of inflammatory diseases with arthritis and other features such as enthesitis and dermatologic and gastrointestinal involvement. Up to 37% of spondyloarthropathy patients may develop uveitis which is typically bilateral asynchronous acute anterior uveitis. Spondyloarthropathies with and without uveitis are more prevalent among males; the reasons for gender imbalance are unclear. This review will focus on gender differences in the prevalence, incidence, clinical manifestations, and prognosis of uveitis associated with spondyloarthropathies.