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Conjunctival impression cytology and dry eye in patients with ulcerative colitis: a pilot study

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First Author: P.Oltulu TURKEY

Co Author(s):    P. Oltulu   R. Oltulu   M. Asil   G. Satirtav   E. Mirza        

Abstract Details


To compare signs of dry eye in ulcerative colitis (UC) patients versus healthy subjects


Necmettin Erbakan University Pathology Department


A total of 15 UC patients (UC group, n = 15 eyes) and 15 healthy subjects (control group, 15 eyes) were enrolled in this study. The Schirmer test with no anesthetic, tear break-up time (TBUT) and conjunctival impression cytology were evaluated for both groups.


UC patients had lower tear volumes than did healthy subjects (p < 0.05). There was a statistically significant difference between the UC group and the controls with regard to distribution of the conjunctival impression cytology grades (p < 0.05). There was a statistically significant reduction in TBUT and Schirmer measurment in UC group patients compared with control group subjects (p < 0.05).


The results of this study indicate that UC is associated with severe disturbances in tear function and conjunctival cytology.

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