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Ocular Complications Of HIV Infection: Experience Of The Northern Excellence Pole Of Morocco | 8431
ISSN: 2155-9570

Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
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Ocular complications of HIV infection: experience of the Northern Excellence Pole of Morocco

2nd International Conference on Clinical Research Cardiology, Ophthalmology & Dermatology

L. Lamzaf, H. Harmouche, W. Ammouri, O. Berbich, Z. Tazi Mezalek, M. Adnaoui, M. Aouni

Accepted Abstracts: J Clinic Experiment Ophthalmol

DOI: 10.4172/2155-9570.S1.05

Introduction:HIV infection is associated with a wide variety of ophthalmic manifestations. The objective of this study was to identify the ocular complications of HIV/AIDS in Morocco. Material and methods: A retrospective study conducted in the internal medicine department of the Rabat Teaching Hospital between 1998 and 2008. All HIV-positive patients were retained for the study. Each patient had an exhaustive ocular examination. Results: Of 115 ophthalmologic examinations, 28 were abnormal. Twenty-seven patients had stage C HIV infection and one patient was in stage A. The ocular manifestations were: 21 cases of ocular HIV-related anomalies (microangiopathies), four cases of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis, one case of toxoplasmosis chorioretinitis, one case of CMV retinitis associated with toxoplasmosis chorioretinitis, two cases of Cryptococcus neoformans infection, two cases of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) retinitis, and one case of conjunctival Kaposi sarcoma. The CD4 count average was of 86 ? 91/mm?. Twenty-six patients had a CD4 count lower than 200/mm?. Progression was favorable in 85% of the cases, with three cases of blindness: bilateral in a case of VZV retinitis and unilateral in two cases of CMV retinitis and toxoplasmosis chorioretinitis. Conclusion: CMV infection is the main ocular opportunistic infection in our series. However, Highly Active Anti-retroviral Treatment (HAART) may be the cause for the decline in the prevalence of ocular diseases and visual impairment in HIV/AIDS.