• Aqdus Haq Department of Ophthalmology, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad-Pakistan
  • Fiza Shaheen Department of Ophthalmology, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad-Pakistan
  • Saadia Farooq Department of Ophthalmology, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad-Pakistan


Mycobacterium Tuberculosis may infect any organ in the body, when it affects ocular tissue symptoms are vague and hence diagnosis is challenging, through a number of cases reported in our clinic it is emphasized to make quantiferon test as part of routine investigation for cases of presenting with uveitis thus leading to timely diagnosis and accurate treatment.


Barberis I, Bragazzi NL, Galluzzo L, Martini M. The history of tuberculosis: from the first historical records to the isolation of Koch's bacillus. J Prevent Med Hyg 2017;58(1):E9–12.

Ghauri MI, Iqbal N, Riaz SU, Irfan M, Kumar A, Mukarram MS. Visual and treatment outcomes of tubercular uveitis: a prospective case series from a referral hospital in Pakistan. BMC Res Notes 2019;12(1):404.

Chansangpetch S, Manassakorn A, Laksanaphuk P, Reinprayoon U. Case report: atypical presentation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis uveitis preceding nodular scleritis. BMC Infect Dis 2015;15(1):476.

Patel SS, Saraiya NV, Tessler HH, Goldstein DA. Mycobacterial ocular inflammation: delay in diagnosis and other factors impacting morbidity. JAMA Ophthalmol 2013;131(6):752–8.

Ndzi EN, Nkenfou CN, Gwom LC, Fainguem N, Fokam J, Pefura Y. The pros and cons of the QuantiFERON test for the diagnosis of tuberculosis, prediction of disease progression, and treatment monitoring. Int J Mycobacteriol 2016;5(2):177–84.

Agrawal R, Gunasekeran DV, Grant R, Agarwal A, Kon OM, Nguyen QD, Pavesio C, Gupta V. Clinical features and outcomes of patients with tubercular uveitis treated with antitubercular therapy in the collaborative ocular tuberculosis study (COTS)–1. JAMA Ophthalmol 2017;135(12):1318–27.