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Behçet's Disease

Names

Description

Patient Groups

Behçet's Disease
Behçet's syndrome

Behçet's Disease is a condition causing recurrent ulcers throughout the body. 

American Bechet's Disease Association
Vasculitis Foundation

Prevalence

Cases in the in the US: 360-990
Source: Oxford Academic

Notes:
1. Behçet's is a very rare disorder but Data varies, a study of residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota over a 45-year period identified a prevalence of 5.2 cases per 100,000 population. Source: PubMed
2. The prevalence of Behçet disease is highest in Middle Eastern and Japanese populations.

Typical Age of onset

Behçet's disease is most common in persons aged 20-40 years. Cases that develop before age 25 years are more likely to involve eye disease and active clinical disease.

Symptoms

Behçet's disease symptoms vary from person to person. It may disappear and recur on its own. Symptoms may become less severe over time. Signs and symptoms depend on which parts of your body are affected but can include:

  • Painful mouth sores (the most common sign of Behcet's disease) 
  • Acne-like sores on the body
  • Red, raised and tender nodules on the skin, especially on the lower legs
  • Painful genital sores
  • Inflammation in the eye (uveitis)
  • Redness, pain and blurred vision in one or both eyes.
  • Joint swelling and pain
  • Inflammation in blood vessels (veins and arteries) (inflammation in the large arteries can lead to complications, such as aneurysms and narrowing or blockage of the vessel.)
  • Redness, pain, and swelling in the arms or legs when a blood clot results.
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea and bleeding.
  • Headache, fever, disorientation, poor balance or stroke.

(source: Mayo Clinic)