Standardization of uveitis nomenclature for reporting clinical data. Results of the first international workshop

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  • The Standardization of Uveitis Nomenclature (Sun) Working Group

External organisations

  • Wilmer Eye Institute
  • National Eye Institute
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvari
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • Hôpital Cochin
  • Singapore National Eye Centre
  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and Research Institute-MUHC
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine and Hunkeler Eye Institute
  • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • La Source Eye Centre and University of Lausanne
  • Jules Stein Eye Institute
  • University of Louisville
  • New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia
  • Tokyo Medical and Dental University
  • Departamento de Ciências Farmacêuticas
  • Academic Unit of Ophthalmology
  • Birmingham University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Padova Dep. Pure and Applied Mathematics Via Trieste
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • University of Utah
  • Universitat Tubingen
  • Harvard University
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine
  • F. C. Donders Institute of Ophthalmology


• PURPOSE: To begin a process of standardizing the methods for reporting clinical data in the field of uveitis. • DESIGN: Consensus workshop. • METHODS: Members of an international working group were surveyed about diagnostic terminology, inflammation grading schema, and outcome measures, and the results used to develop a series of proposals to better standardize the use of these entities. Small groups employed nominal group techniques to achieve consensus on several of these issues. • RESULTS: The group affirmed that an anatomic classification of uveitis should be used as a framework for subsequent work on diagnostic criteria for specific uveitic syndromes and that the classification of uveitis entities should be on the basis of the location of the inflammation and not on the presence of structural complications. Issues regarding the use of the terms "intermediate uveitis," "pars planitis," "panuveitis," and descriptors of the onset and course of the uveitis were addressed. The following were adopted: standardized grading schema for anterior chamber cells, anterior chamber flare, and for vitreous haze; standardized methods of recording structural complications of uveitis; standardized definitions of outcomes, including "inactive" inflammation, "improvement" and "worsening" of the inflammation, and "corticosteroid sparing," and standardized guidelines for reporting visual acuity outcomes. • CONCLUSIONS: A process of standardizing the approach to reporting clinical data in uveitis research has begun, and several terms have been standardized.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-516
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

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