NORD gratefully acknowledges R. Christopher Walton, MD, Director, Uveitis and Ocular Inflammatory Disease Service and Baptist Memorial Health Care Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, for assistance in the preparation of this report.
Synonyms of Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Disease
- Harada syndrome
- uveomeningitis syndrome
- VKH syndrome
Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease is a rare disorder of unknown origin that affects many body systems, including as the eyes, ears, skin, and the covering of the brain and spinal cord (the meninges). The most noticeable symptom is a rapid loss of vision. There may also be neurological signs such as severe headache, vertigo, nausea, and drowsiness. Loss of hearing, and loss of hair (alopecia) and skin color may occur along, with whitening (loss of pigmentation) of the hair and eyelashes (poliosis).
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