Behcet's disease

Common Name(s)

Behcet's disease, Behcet disease

Behçet’s disease is a rare condition that causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body. Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling and pain and is part of our normal immune response when injured or fighting infection. However, sometimes inflammation may be long term and cause problems. The inflammation caused by Behçet’s disease may lead to numerous symptoms that may seem unrelated. These signs and symptoms may include mouth sores, eye inflammation, skin rashes and lesions, joint swelling, enlarged veins and arteries, inflammation in the brain and genital sores. The symptoms vary from person to person and may disappear and recur. The cause of Behçet’s disease is unknown. It may be an autoimmune disorder, which means the body’s immune system may be mistakenly attacking its own healthy cells.

Risk factors include age, location, sex, and genes. Individuals in their 20’s and 30’s are most likely to develop Behçet’s disease. The disease occurs worldwide, but is more common in the Middle East and Far East. The condition occurs in both men and women, but is usually more severe in men. It is believed that certain genes are associated with a higher risk of developing Behçet’s.

There is no treatment to cure Behçet’s disease. Doctors usually treat signs and symptoms to reduce the risk of complications, such as blindness. There is no definitive diagnostic test for Behçet’s disease; therefore, your doctor may conduct a physical exam and blood tests to rule out other conditions. Talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options if you or a family member has been diagnosed with Behçet’s disease.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Behcet's disease" for support, advocacy or research.

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American Behcet's Disease Association (ABDA)

The American Behçet's Disease Association's mission is to provide support and information to people with Behçet's Disease and their families and to educate the medical community about Behçet's Disease. Through education, support, research and fundraising, the American Behçet's Disease Association is working to find a cure and to promote awareness and understanding of Behçet's Disease

Last Updated: 11 Feb 2013

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Autoinflammatory Alliance

The Autoinflammatory Alliance is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public charity dedicated to promoting awareness, proper diagnosis and treatment, and improved care for people with autoinflammatory diseases. We started in 2006 under the name, The NOMID Alliance with the same basic goal: to help patients with CAPS and other autoinflammatory diseases. We have a IRS approval as tax-exempt under both names.

Last Updated: 24 Jul 2015

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Deutsches Register Morbus Adamantiades-Behçet eV

The purpose of the association is the promotion of science and research in the field of Adamantiades-Behçet disease. This aim will be achieved by raising funds for the promotion of research projects in the field of Adamantiades-Behçet disease by other entities. Purpose of the association is the formation of doctors, patients and laypersons. Purpose of the association is also raising funds for the promotion of public health in the field of Adamantiades-Behçet disease by other entities.

Last Updated: 1 Apr 2013

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stopcaidnow.org

Our mission is simple-Educate, Provide Awareness, and Fund Researchers who are committed to finding a cure. StopCAIDnow(501c3) is focused on providing tools to better educate Doctor’s and the community on AutoInflammatory diseases. There is a need for an understanding of these diseases so proper diagnosis can be made, and treatment can be started. This will help alleviate the inflammation process, 7 the pain that comes with it. Proper diagnosis is urgent for the prognosis of these diseases. If left untreated damage to the tissues, organs & vision(for some) will not only be irreversible but devastating

Last Updated: 5 Mar 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Behcet's disease" for support, advocacy or research.

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American Behcet's Disease Association (ABDA)

The American Behçet's Disease Association's mission is to provide support and information to people with Behçet's Disease and their families and to educate the medical community about Behçet's Disease. Through education, support, research and fundraising, the American Behçet's Disease Association is working to find a cure and to promote awareness and understanding of Behçet's Disease

https://www.behcets.com

Last Updated: 11 Feb 2013

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Autoinflammatory Alliance

The Autoinflammatory Alliance is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public charity dedicated to promoting awareness, proper diagnosis and treatment, and improved care for people with autoinflammatory diseases. We started in 2006 under the name, The NOMID Alliance with the same basic goal: to help patients with CAPS and other autoinflammatory diseases. We have a IRS approval as tax-exempt under both names.

http://www.autoinflammatory.org

Last Updated: 24 Jul 2015

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Deutsches Register Morbus Adamantiades-Behçet eV

The purpose of the association is the promotion of science and research in the field of Adamantiades-Behçet disease. This aim will be achieved by raising funds for the promotion of research projects in the field of Adamantiades-Behçet disease by other entities. Purpose of the association is the formation of doctors, patients and laypersons. Purpose of the association is also raising funds for the promotion of public health in the field of Adamantiades-Behçet disease by other entities.

http://www.behcet.de

Last Updated: 1 Apr 2013

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stopcaidnow.org

Our mission is simple-Educate, Provide Awareness, and Fund Researchers who are committed to finding a cure. StopCAIDnow(501c3) is focused on providing tools to better educate Doctor’s and the community on AutoInflammatory diseases. There is a need for an understanding of these diseases so proper diagnosis can be made, and treatment can be started. This will help alleviate the inflammation process, 7 the pain that comes with it. Proper diagnosis is urgent for the prognosis of these diseases. If left untreated damage to the tissues, organs & vision(for some) will not only be irreversible but devastating

http://www.stopcaidnow.org

Last Updated: 5 Mar 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Behcet's disease" returned 849 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Efficacy and Safety of Intravenous Immunoglobulin Treatment in Refractory Behcet's Disease with Different Organ Involvement: A Case Series.
 

Author(s): Luca Cantarini, Maria L Stromillo, Antonio Vitale, Giuseppe Lopalco, Giacomo Emmi, Elena Silvestri, Antonio Federico, Mauro Galeazzi, Florenzo Iannone, Nicola De Stefano

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. ;18(3-4):238-42.

 

Behçet's disease (BD) is a multi-systemic disorder of unknown etiology characterized by relapsing oral-genital ulcers, uveitis, and involvement of the articular, gastrointestinal, neurologic, and vascular systems. The choice of treatment is based on the severity of systemic involvement, ...

Last Updated: 27 May 2016

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Association of a NOS3 gene polymorphism with Behçet's disease but not with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome in Han Chinese.
 

Author(s): Yan Zhou, Hongsong Yu, Shengping Hou, Jing Fang, Jieying Qin, Gangxiang Yuan, Aize Kijlstra, Peizeng Yang

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Previous studies have identified that nitric oxide synthase (NOS) genes are associated with several immune-mediated diseases. This study aimed to investigate whether NOS2 and NOS3 gene polymorphisms are associated with Behçet's disease (BD) and Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) syndrome ...

Last Updated: 26 Apr 2016

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A Case of Neuro-Behcet's Disease Presenting with Central Neurogenic Hyperventilation.
 

Author(s): Ayham M Alkhachroum, Saba Saeed, Jaspreet Kaur, Tanzila Shams, Michael A DeGeorgia

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Behcet's disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder usually characterized by the triad of oral ulcers, genital ulcers, and uveitis. Central to the pathogenesis of Behcet's disease is an autoimmune vasculitis. Neurological involvement, so called "Neuro-Behcet's disease", occurs in ...

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2016

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The terms "Behcet's disease" returned 85 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Interleukin-1 Inhibition in Behçet's disease.
 

Author(s): Antonio Vitale, Donato Rigante, Giuseppe Lopalco, Carlo Selmi, Mauro Galeazzi, Florenzo Iannone, Luca Cantarini

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. ;18(3-4):171-6.

 

Behçet's disease (BD) is a systemic inflammatory disorder characterized by a protean clinical spectrum and an enigmatic pathogenesis. After being classified as an autoimmune disorder, spondyloarthritis and vasculitis, today BD is considered at the crossroad between autoimmune and ...

Last Updated: 27 May 2016

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Behçet's disease in children, an overview.
 

Author(s): Isabelle Koné-Paut

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BD is a systemic inflammatory disease with a variable vasculitis. Paediatric onset is very rare and carries a strong genetic component. Oral ulcers and fever of unknown origin are frequent at onset and difficult to distinguish from other inflammatory disorders; therefore, expert opinion ...

Last Updated: 18 Feb 2016

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Intestinal Behçet's Disease: A True Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Merely an Intestinal Complication of Systemic Vasculitis?
 

Author(s): Duk Hwan Kim, Jae Hee Cheon

Journal: Yonsei Med. J.. 2016 Jan;57(1):22-32.

 

Behçet's disease (BD) is a multi-systemic inflammatory disorder of an unknown etiology and shows a chronic recurrent clinical course. When the disease involves the alimentary tract, it is called intestinal BD because of its clinical importance. Intestinal BD is more frequently reported ...

Last Updated: 3 Dec 2015

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