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Ocular complications in patients with AIDS/HIV infection in Korea

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First Author: S.Kim SOUTH KOREA

Co Author(s):    N. Kim   J. Lee   B. Oum        

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To investigate the ocular complications in patients with AIDS/HIV infection in Korea.


Department of Ophthalmology, Medical Research Institute, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan, Korea


We reviewed the medical records of 281 patients diagnosed as AIDS/HIV infection in Pusan National University Hospital during recent 5 years retrospectively and analyzed the symptoms related to eyes to investigate the ocular complications in AIDS patients.


The number of AIDS patients who have visited the department of ophthalmology is 64(128 eyes), of which 39 patients(60.9%) show normal findings in both eyes and 25(39.1%) have one or more ocular diseases in the retinas, optic nerves and external eyes such as HIV-related retinopathy in 7(5.5%), CMV retinitis in 6(4.7%), tuberculous phlebitis in 2(1.6%), rhegmatous retinal detachment in 2(1.6%), ocular syphilis in 2(1.6%), central retinal vein obstruction in 1(0.8%), acute retinal necrosis in 1(0.8%), optic neuritis in 1(0.8%) and panuveitis in 1 eye(0.8%). External eye diseases are noted in 8 patients and 13 eyes, of which dry eye syndrome in 4(3.1%), allergic conjunctivitis in 3(2.3%), senile cataract which need surgical treatment in 3(2.3%), episcleritis in 2(1.6%), complicated cataract in 1 eye(0.8%).


The patients with AIDS/HIV infection should receive an ophthalmic examination regularly for early detection and appropriate treatment of ocular complications. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE?: No

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