Non-cytomegalovirus ocular opportunistic infections in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

Sapna Gangaputra, Lea Drye, Vijay Vaidya, Jennifer E. Thorne, Douglas A. Jabs, Alice T. Lyon

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Purpose: To report the incidence and clinical outcomes of non-cytomegalovirus (non-CMV) ocular opportunistic infections in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy. Design: Multicenter, prospective, observational study of patients with AIDS. Methods: Medical history, ophthalmologic examination, and laboratory tests were performed at enrollment and every 6 months subsequently. Once an ocular opportunistic infection was diagnosed, patients were seen every 3 months for outcomes. Results: At enrollment, 37 non-CMV ocular opportunistic infections were diagnosed: 16 patients, herpetic retinitis; 11 patients, toxoplasmic retinitis; and 10 patients, choroiditis. During the follow-up period, the estimated incidences (and 95% confidence intervals [CI]) of these were: herpetic retinitis, 0.007/100 person-years (PY) (95% CI 0.0004, 0.039); toxoplasmic retinitis, 0.007/100 PY (95% CI 0.004, 0.039); and choroiditis, 0.014/ 100 PY (95% CI 0.0025, 0.050). The mortality rates appeared higher among those patients with newly diagnosed or incident herpetic retinitis and choroiditis (rates = 21.7 deaths/100 PY [P =.02] and 12.8 deaths/100 PY [P =.04]), respectively, than those for patients with AIDS without an ocular opportunistic infection (4.1 deaths/100 PY); toxoplasmic retinitis did not appear to be associated with greater mortality (6.4/100 PY, P =.47). Eyes with newly diagnosed herpetic retinitis appeared to have a poor visual prognosis, with high rates of visual impairment (37.9/100 PY) and blindness (17.5/100 PY), whereas those outcomes in eyes with choroiditis appeared to be lower (2.3/100 PY and 0/100 PY, respectively). Conclusions: Although uncommon, non-CMV ocular opportunistic infections may be associated with high rates of visual loss and/or mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-212.e5
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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