Indexed on: 07 Oct '20Published on: 07 Oct '20Published in: Ocular immunology and inflammation
To determine the efficacy and safety of intravenous tocilizumab in refractory juvenile idiopathic arthritis associated uveitis. This was a retrospective observational case series. Patients with refractory juvenile idiopathic arthritis associated uveitis, who had received tocilizumab were included in this study. 8 patients (14 eyes) were included in this study. The average age of the patients at the first visit was 16.8 ± 11.2 years (7-40). The average duration of follow-up period after starting treatment was 28.6 ± 24.6 months (9-70). Intravenous tocilizumab infusions induced and maintained remission in 5 patients (8 eyes). Vasculitis was resolved within 8 months in all but one patient. The presence of papillitis before starting treatment was directly correlated with visual acuity improvement. No side effects were observed. Intravenous tocilizumab infusion can be an effective and safe method of treatment to induce and maintain remission in resistant juvenile idiopathic arthritis associated uveitis.