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CASE REPORT
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 126-129

A successful salvage story: Uveitis with nontuberculous mycobacterial infection in a patient on secukinumab


1 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Rajagiri Hospital, Kochi, India
2 Dr. Tony Fernandez Eye Hospital, Aluva, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Rajesh Venkitakrishnan
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Rajagiri Hospital, Kochi, Kerala
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmy.ijmy_226_21

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The reported occurrence of ocular infections with nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections has been increasing in the past few decades. NTM are known to cause intraocular infections as well as infections of the ocular appendages and are often recalcitrant to medical therapy. Uveal involvement due to NTM is rare and most reported cases have predisposing factors such as cataract surgery or immunocompromised states. Diagnosis and treatment pose challenge due to difficulty in procuring sufficient clinical material to obtain microbial diagnosis and inadequate response to medical therapy. The clinical challenge is further heightened in the presence of an underlying rheumatologic disease that is known to cause uveitis. We share the case of a young gentleman with ankylosing spondylitis who was being treated with secukinumab with good response to joint symptoms. He developed sudden onset uveitis which was diagnosed to be due to NTM infection based on aqueous humor polymerase chain reaction studies. He had a good clinical response to an empirical anti-mycobacterial regime with the restoration of vision. This report narrates the first case of NTM uveitis secondary to secukinumab therapy.


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