Escalation to Weekly Adalimumab for the Treatment of Ocular Inflammation

Paulina Liberman, Meghan K. Berkenstock, Bryn M. Burkholder, Benjamin C. Chaon, Jennifer E. Thorne

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Purpose: To report the outcomes of the escalation of adalimumab (ADA) dose for refractory ocular inflammatory diseases. Methods: A retrospective case series of 15 patients (29 eyes) diagnosed with ocular inflammatory disease, including uveitis and scleritis, which was not adequately controlled with standard, every other week ADA dosing, leading to an escalation to weekly dosing. Results: Ten of fifteen patients escalated to weekly ADA achieved control of their inflammation; neither of the two patients increased for control of cystoid macular edema (CME) had resolution and required regional corticosteroids. One patient discontinued weekly ADA due to serious infection. The median length of follow up was 12 months. Conclusion: Our series suggests that the escalation of ADA can be a useful strategy for treating recalcitrant ocular inflammation, but may not be adequate to treat refractory CME.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1564-1568
Number of pages5
JournalOcular Immunology and Inflammation
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - 2021


  • Adalimumab
  • escalation
  • interval
  • uveitis
  • weekly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Ophthalmology


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