Posted by Neville N
on March 05, 2000 at 02:57:03:
A friend of mine's 8 year old daughter has some form of juvenile arthritus, 1 of some 200 Stills disease. It was diagnosed when she was just over two years old. The disease causes an anti-nuclear factor (ANF) to be present in her blood, which causes Juviitus (Juveitus?). It originally affected her right knee, which has been in remission for the last three years now. She has recently lost 80% of the use of her right eye. Apparantly, the disease causes the lens to grow onto the inside of the Iris, resulting in the pupil not being able to dilate, and now the pupil doesn't dilate at all. It is the size of a pinprick.
Throughout the entire process, the treatment has been cortezone, by mouth and through eyedrops. For the last week, medication has been:
Cortezone tablets - Meticorten (10mr/day)
Coertezone eyedrops - Pred Forte (1 drop every hour)
Dilation drops - Esopto Atropine (twice a day)
Dilation drops - Cyclomydril (three times per day)
Has anyone had any experience with this before? What alternative medication is available? My friend wants to know more about the subject. Where can we find more information?