Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Syndrome and Ulcerative Colitis

Daniel G. Federman, Jeffrey D. Kravetz, Christopher B. Ruser, Peter H. Judson, Robert S. Kirsner

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The Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) syndrome is an uncommon disorder characterized by uveitis and neurologic and cutaneous abnormalities, including tinnitus, vertigo, headache, meningoencephalitis, vitiligo, alopecia, and poliosis. The VKH syndrome has been reported to occur in association with other autoimmune disorders. We report a case of a patient with severe ulcerative colitis who developed VKH syndrome. We postulate that the patient's history of a traumatic brain injury might have been responsible for an abnormal "immunologic milieu" and the occurrence of ulcerative colitis, VKH syndrome, and severe reactive arthritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-171
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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