Which lab studies may be performed in the diagnosis of uveitis?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Monalisa N Muchatuta , MD, MS; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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A nonspecific workup is indicated if the history and the physical examination findings are unremarkable in the presence of uveitis that is bilateral, granulomatous, or recurrent. [2, 1] The following tests may be ordered by the consulting ophthalmologist, to be followed and further coordinated by the primary care physician:

  • Complete blood cell (CBC) count
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
  • Antinuclear antibody (ANA)
  • Rapid plasma reagin (RPR)
  • Venereal disease research laboratory (VDRL)
  • Purified protein derivative (PPD)
  • Lyme titer
  • HLA testing for ankylosing spondylarthroses
  • Chest radiography (to assess for sarcoidosis or tuberculosis)
  • Urinalysis (for red blood cells or casts)
  • Infectious workup (eg, HIV, toxoplasmosis), depending on the presentation

See Workup for more detail.

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