Fall 2017 Newsletter

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Fall 2017 Newsletter
7th Residency Announcement

Exciting Residency Announcement!

ACGME approves seventh resident complement; first increase in over 30 years!

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds and Case Studies

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USC Ophthalmology Researchers Find More
Effective Treatments For Blinding Eye Diseases


Case Study: Needle in a Haystack

Presenter: Andrew Clark, MD, PhD Discussant: Brian Toy, MD


  • 64-year-old male with decreased/blurry vision OD x1wk
    • Acute onset, slowly progressive
    • Initially associated with eye pain and photophobia, which has resolved
    • No proir episodes, no eye trauma
  • Denies weight loss, fevers, rashes, oral/genital ulcers, MSK/joint pain, pet/animal exposures, new/recent sexual partners
  • No chronic cough/breathing difficulties
  • No sick contacts
  • No known uncooked meat ingestion

Differential Diagnosis

  • Acute, unilateral panuveitis OD with granulomatous anterior component
  • Infectious
    • Viral: HSV 1/2, VZV, CMV
    • Bacterial: TB, syphilis, cat-scratch
    • Parasitic: Toxoplasmosis
  • Neoplastic
    • Lymphoma
  • Autoimmune
    • VKH
    • SLE
    • Behcet
    • Sarcodosis
    • Sympathetic ophthalmoplegia


  • Hypothesis 1
    • Ocular seeding via hematogenous spread at time of infection prior to adaptive immune response
      • Primary site uveal tract
    • Latent then reactivation with clinical disease
  • Hypothesis 2
    • Inflammatory response to circulating bacterial antigens


  • Ocular TB is Active TB
    • Initiate systemic antibacterial therapy with assistance of IM/ID
    • Adjuvant topical and/or systemic steroids in most cases
      • Initiation of steroids necessitates antibacterial therapy to reduce risk of worsening disease

Prognosis and Future Directions

  • Started on Bactrim DS empirically and PF QID/atropine BID
    • Returns 1wk VA 20/40: Continued vitreous haze but significantly improved
  • Started on RIPE after discussion with ID Pending follow up after initiation of therapy




  • Ocular TB can present in nearly any form with uveitis being the most common
  • Accurate diagnosis remains a challenge and requires a combination of exam and diagnostic testing
  • Clinical suspicion should remain high, especially in patients from endemic areas
    • Patients frequently respond to a combination of antibacterial and corticosteroids
  • International partnerships are actively working to better define and understand ocular TB


  • World Health Organization. Global tuberculosis report 2013. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 2013
  • Zimmerman MR. Pulmonary and osseous tuberculosis in an Egyptian mummy. Bull N Y Acad Med. 1979 Jun; 55(6):604-8
  • Ranjita, S., Loaye, A. S., & Khalil, M. (2011). Present Status of Nanoparticle Research for Treatment of Tuberculosis. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 14(1), 100–116.
  • Skeiky, Y. A. W., & Sadoff, J. C. (2006). Advances in tuberculosis vaccine strategies. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 4(6), 469–476.
  • Barberis I et al (2017). The history of tuberculosis: from the first historical records to the isolation of Koch’s bacillus. J Prev Med Hyg. 58(1): E9–E12.
  • Ernst JD (2012) The immunological life cycle of tuberculosis. Nature Reviews Immunology. 12, 581–591.
  • Guirado E and Schlesinger LS (2013) Modeling the Mycobacterium tuberculosis granuloma – the critical battlefield in host immunity and disease. Front. Immunol. 4:98. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2013.00098.
  • MacNeil A et al (2019) Global Epidemiology of Tuberculosis and Progress Toward Achieving Global Targets — 2017. MMWR 68(11):263-266
  • Albert DM and Raven ML (2016) Ocular tuberculosis. Microbiol Spectra. 4(6):doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.TNMI7-0001-2016
  • Basu S et al (2015) Pathogenesis and Pathology of Intraocular Tuberculosis. Ocular Immuno & Inflam. 23(4): 353–357
  • Biswas J et al (2016) Polymerase chain reaction for Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA detection from ocular fluids in patients with various types of choroiditis in a referral eye center in India. Indian J Ophthalmol. Dec;64(12):904-907
  • Agarwal A et al (2019) The Collaborative Ocular Tuberculosis Study (COTS)-1 Report 3: Polymerase Chain Reaction in the Diagnosis and Management of Tubercular Uveitis: Global Trends. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 27(3):465-473
  • Agarwal A et al (2019) Standardization of Nomenclature for Ocular Tuberculosis – Results of Collaborative Ocular Tuberculosis Study (COTS) Workshop. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 00(00):1-11
  • Testi I et al (2019) Tubercular Uveitis: Nuggets from Collaborative Ocular Tuberculosis Study (COTS)-1. Ocul Immunol Inflamm 25:1-9
  • Agrawal R et al (2020) Collaborative Ocular Tuberculosis Study (COTS) Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Tubercular Uveitis – Report 1: Guidelines for Initiating Anti-Tubercular Therapy in Tubercular Choroiditis. Ophthalmology Accepted, pre-publication


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