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Behcets Disease

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by Alan R

(Adamantiales-Behcets Syndrome)

 

Symptoms

Symptoms of Behcets disease can vary from mild to very severe. Symptoms tend to appear, heal, and then recur (referred to as a flare) frequently over months or years. The most common symptoms of the disease are:
Other symptoms of the disease may include:
  • Severe fatigue during a flare
  • Blood clots
    • Caused by thrombophlebitis (inflammation of veins), usually in the legs
    • Can cause severe complications if not treated quickly
  • Aneurysms , or severely dilated blood vessels
    • May rupture and cause severe consequences
  • Heart problems, such as:
    • Abnormal heart rhythms
    • Missed heartbeats
    • Early heartbeats
    • Inflammation of the heart muscle ( myocarditis )
  • Central nervous system problems
    • For example, meningoencephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain and membrane that lines the brain
    • May result in seizures , confusion, strokes , memory problems, headaches
  • Stroke from a Cerebral Aneurysm
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  • Digestive problems
    • Causes ulcers and inflammation of the digestive tract (rarely)
 

RESOURCES

American Behcets Disease Association
http://www.behcets.com

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
http://www.niams.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

The Arthritis Society
http://www.arthritis.ca

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

 

References


Abu El Asrar, ABoooud EB, ALbibhi H, Al-Arfaj A. Long-term safety and efficacy of infliximab therapy in refractory uveitis due to Behcet's disease. Int Ophthalmol. Sep 23, 2006.


Cakir O, Eren N, Ulka R, Nazaroghi H. Bilateral subclavian arterial aneurysm and ruptured abdominal aorta pseudoaneurysm in Behcet's disease. Ann Vasc Surg. 2002,16:516-520


The Medical Letter. 1996;38:15.


The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. Simon & Schuster; 2001.


National Organization of Rare Disorders, Inc. website. Available at: http://www.rarediseases.org/ .


National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov .


Okada AA. Behcet's disease: general concepts and recent advances. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2006;17:551-556.

 

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