The Association of HLA-B8, B51, DR2, and Multiple Sclerosis in Pars Planitis

Susan M. Malinowski, Jose S. Pulido, Nancy E. Goeken, Carl Kice Brown, James C. Folk

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Purpose: To establish a human leukocyte antigen (HLA) association in a homogeneous population of patients with pars planitis. Methods: A strict set of inclusion parameters was established for the diagnosis of pars planitis. Forty patients with pars planitis who met these criteria underwent HLA analysis of class I and II phenotypes. Results: HLA-B8 was present in 15 (37.5%) of 40 patients versus 85 (19.7%) of 431 controls (relative risk, 2.44; P = 0.011). HLA-B51 was present in 9 (22.5%) of 40 patients versus 51 (11.8%) of 431 controls (relative risk, 2.16; P = 0.049). HLA-DR2 was present in 27 (67.5%) of 40 patients versus 121 (28.0%) of 431 controls (relative risk, 5.32; P Ã 0.0001). HLA-DR2 has been associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). Exclusion of five patients with pars planitis in whom MS subsequently developed did not change the significance of these findings. Conclusions: The strongest association of pars planitis with HLA-DR2 and the temporal development of MS in some patients with pars planitis further supports an association between pars planitis and MS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1199-1205
Number of pages7
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1993

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  • Ophthalmology


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