Reproductive and Ocular immunology

Reproductive immunology

Refers to a field of medicine that studies interactions (or the absence of them) between the immune system and components related to the reproductive system, such as maternal immune tolerance towards the fetus, or immunological interactions across the blood-testis barrier. The concept has been used by fertility clinics to explain the fertility problems, recurrent miscarriages and pregnancy complications observed when this state of immunological tolerance is not successfully achieved. Immunological therapy is the new up and coming method for treating many cases of previously "unexplained infertility" or recurrent miscarriage Rheumatology/ Orthopaedics

Ocular immunology

Is the destructive inflammatory diseases of the eye mediated by abnormal immunoregulatory processes. These diseases can slightly reduce vision or lead to severe vision loss. Uveitis is inflammatory diseases that affect the uvea. In addition, uveitis is used to describe any inflammatory disease that produces swelling and destroys eye tissues, including within the retina. It’s commonly associated with systemic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Many different things can cause uveitis. In some cases the cause is unknown, or in doctor language, ‘idiopathic.’ the body's immune system may be a cause.  Bruising, infections, tumors and toxins can cause eye pain, sensitivity to light, poor vision, and increased floaters.

Patients with the following diseases carry a higher risk of developing uveitis:

 ·         AIDS
 
 ·         CMV retinitis

 ·         Herpes zoster infection

 ·         Histoplasmosis
 

  • Immunological paradox of pregnancy
  • Factors involved in trophoblast invasion
  • Immune cells and cytokines in implantation
  • Mucosal immunity and sexually transmitted infections and Diseases
  • Immune-mediated sub-fertility and pregnancy complications
  • Immunogenetics in reproduction

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