2023-2024 Basic and Clinical Science CourseTM, Section 9: Uveitis and Ocular Inflammation

by American Academy of Ophthalmology

Section 9 of the Academy’s Basic and Clinical Science CourseTM (BCSC®) begins with an overview of immune-mediated eye disease, summarizing basic immunologic concepts, ocular immune responses, and special topics in ocular immunology.

BCSC Section 9 covers diagnostic considerations, therapies, and complications for uveitis. This volume reviews noninfectious (autoimmune) and infectious forms of uveitis. A new table summarizes selected systemic immunomodulatory medications used to treat noninfectious uveitis. Additionally, a discussion on nonbacterial causes of infectious uveitis includes a new subsection on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.

Other topics in Section 9 include scleritis, ocular involvement in HIV infection/AIDS, endophthalmitis, and masquerade syndromes. The topic of posterior uveitis and panuveitis has been revised to two chapters to make the content more manageable. In addition, a second appendix about antimicrobial agents for intraocular injection is now included.

  • New photos, Clinical Pearl boxes, and other side bars appear throughout the book, presenting information that can be quickly applied to clinical practice. Increase your understanding with 7 videos and 1 interactive activity.
  • Upon completion of Section 9, readers should be able to:
  • Describe the immunologic and infectious mechanisms involved in the development of and complications from uveitis and related conditions, including AIDS
  • Identify general and specific pathophysiologic processes in acute and chronic ocular inflammation that affect the structure and function of the uvea, lens, vitreous, retina, and other adjacent tissues
  • Distinguish infectious from noninfectious viral entities
  • State appropriate differential diagnoses for ocular inflammatory disorders and identify systemic associations or implications
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