Multicenter, Randomized Study Evaluating the Value of Antitubercular Treatment During Recurent Anterior Uveitis (URBA)

2019-10-11 10:03:42 | BioPortfolio


Uveitis accounts for 15% of the causes of legal blindness. The etiological diagnosis of uveitis is difficult because of the poor bacteriological performance of aqueous or vitreous fluid analysis. At the end of a medical and paramedical check-up, oriented by the typology of uveitis, a clinical situation is frequently encountered: idiopathic uveitis with a Quantiferon test (QFN) positive orienting to an old or recent contact with tuberculosis. Ocular tuberculosis is often characterized by a partial and transient response to corticosteroid therapy (local or general), due to predominant hypersensitivity phenomena and low inoculum. Therefore, antitubercular treatment is recommended for idiopathic posterior uveitis with positive QFN. This treatment of 6-9 months has shown, in combination with systemic corticosteroids, its effectiveness on ocular inflammation and significant decrease in recurrence frequency.

For previous uveitis with QFN positive, there is no study or recommendation in the low endemic countries on the indication of anti-tuberculosis drugs and practices are variable.

Tuberculous anterior uveitis is distinguished by high rate of relapses and chronic uveitis upon discontinuation of topic corticosteroid therapy that exposes to broad posterior synechiae leading to an ocular functional impairment. Optimizing the management of recurrent anterior uveitis is therefore crucial.

The aim of this prospective, randomized, controlled, open, two parallel arm trial is to compared antitubercular treatment "add-on "of local corticosteroid therapy to Local Corticosteroid Therapy Only in patients with recurrent or chronic anterior uveitis.

Primary outcome is the treatment succes defined as uveitis recovery at 3 months and the absence of recurrence at 18 months of follow-up.

Study Design


Uveitis, Anterior


Antitubercular treatment (RIFATER ©), Ethambutol, RIFINAH ©


Not yet recruiting


Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris

Results (where available)

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