Research Article

Retinal vasculitis in rheumatoid arthritis.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981; 282 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.282.6278.1745 (Published 30 May 1981) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981;282:1745
  1. M F Martin,
  2. D G Scott,
  3. C Gilbert,
  4. P A Dieppe,
  5. D L Easty

    Abstract

    A woman with exacerbation of severe rheumatoid arthritis developed lesions compatible with retinal vasculitis. Laboratory studies confirmed the diagnosis, and the rapid clinical improvement that accompanied a fall in circulating immune complexes suggested that the vasculitis was a direct consequence of the rheumatoid disease. From these observations retinal vasculitis should probably be sought in any patient with rheumatoid disease and the vasculitis added to the list of ocular complications of rheumatoid arthritis.