Behcet's Disease

Behcet's disease is a rare, chronic inflammatory disorder. The cause of Behcet's disease is unknown, but current research suggests that both genetic and environmental factors play a role. Behcet's disease generally begins when individuals are in their 20s or 30s ...1

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Symptoms of Behcet's Disease

BehÁetís disease affects each person differently. The four most common symptoms are mouth sores, genital sores, inflammation inside of the eye, and skin problems. Inflammation inside of the eye (uveitis, retinitis, and iritis) occurs in more that half ...2

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Complications of Behcet's Disease

In severe cases, there's also a risk of serious and potentially life-threatening problems, such as permanent vision loss and strokes. ...Source: NHS Choices UK3 ...

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Causes of Behcet's Disease

What causes BehÁetís disease? The exact cause is unknown. It is believed that an autoimmune reaction may cause blood vessels to become inflamed, but it is not clear what triggers this reaction. ...Source: NEI (NIH)4 ...

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Diagnosis of Behcet's Disease

How Is BehÁetís Disease Diagnosed? Diagnosing BehÁetís disease is very difficult because no specific test confirms it. Less than half of people initially thought to have BehÁetís disease actually have it. When a patient ...5

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Genetics of Behcet's Disease

Genetic Changes: The cause of Behcet disease is unknown. The condition probably results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, most of which have not been identified. However, a particular variation in the HLA-B gene has been strongly ...6

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Treatments: Behcet's Disease

How is BehÁetís disease treated? There is no cure for BehÁetís disease. Treatment typically focuses on reducing discomfort and preventing serious complications. Corticosteroids and other medications that suppress the immune system may be prescribed to treat ...7

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Research for Behcet's Disease

What Research Is Being Conducted on BehÁetís Disease? Researchers are exploring possible genetic, bacterial, and viral causes of BehÁetís disease as well as improved drug treatment. For example, genetic studies show strong association of the gene ...8

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Names and Terminology

Other Names for This Condition

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References

  1. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ behcet/ behcet.htm
  2. Source: NEI (NIH): nei.nih.gov/ health/ behcets
  3. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Behcets-disease/ 
  4. Source: NEI (NIH): nei.nih.gov/ health/ behcets/ behcets
  5. Source: NIAMS (NIH): niams.nih.gov/ Health_Info/ Behcets_Disease/ default.asp
  6. Source: GHR (NLM/NIH): ghr.nlm.nih.gov/ condition/ behcet-disease
  7. Source: NEI (NIH): nei.nih.gov/ health/ behcets/ behcets
  8. Source: NIAMS (NIH): niams.nih.gov/ Health_Info/ Behcets_Disease/ default.asp

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