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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General Resources

Healthier Ever After (injection tips book & program)

This child-friendly book is for patients and their families to learn how to manage their injectable medications, and has a program to help children to discuss and make a plan of care, and goals with rewards to chart on a reusable white board page.

Updated 6 May 2015

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Behcet's disease" returned 805 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Putative Role of Serum Amyloid-A and Proinflammatory Cytokines as Biomarkers for Behcet's Disease.
 

Author(s): Giuseppe Lopalco, Orso Maria Lucherini, Antonio Vitale, Rosaria Talarico, Antonio Lopalco, Mauro Galeazzi, Giovanni Lapadula, Luca Cantarini, Florenzo Iannone

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Oct;94(42):e1858.

 

Behcet's disease (BD) is a multisystemic disorder of unknown etiology characterized by relapsing oral-genital ulcers, uveitis, and involvement of vascular, gastrointestinal, neurological, and musculoskeletal system. Although disease pathogenesis is still unclear, both innate and adaptive ...

Last Updated: 27 Oct 2015

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Association between MEFV Mutations M694V and M680I and Behçet's Disease: A Meta-Analysis.
 

Author(s): Ziyan Wu, Shulan Zhang, Jing Li, Si Chen, Ping Li, Fei Sun, Xiaoting Wen, Wenjie Zheng, Fengchun Zhang, Yongzhe Li

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Several studies have identified an association between Behçet's disease (BD) and mutations in the Mediterranean fever (MEFV) gene, which was originally linked to the autosomal recessive disease, Familial Mediterranean fever. However, no consensus has been reached. Here, a meta-analysis ...

Last Updated: 16 Jul 2015

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Last Updated: 16 Jul 2015

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The terms "Behcet's disease" returned 75 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Successful Treatment with Infliximab for Refractory Uveitis in a Hemodialysis Patient with Behçet's Disease and a Review of the Literature for Infliximab Use in Patients on Hemodialysis.
 

Author(s): Izumi Kurata, Hiroto Tsuboi, Hidenori Takahashi, Saori Abe, Hiroshi Ebe, Shinya Hagiwara, Naoto Umeda, Yuya Kondo, Hiroshi Ogishima, Takeshi Suzuki, Isao Matsumoto, Sujin Hoshi, Tetsuro Oshika, Takayuki Sumida

Journal: Intern. Med.. 2015 ;54(12):1553-7.

 

A 36-year-old man with a 16-year history of refractory Behçet's disease (BD)-associated uveitis and chronic renal failure requiring hemodialysis suffered from frequent ocular attacks despite treatment with systemic corticosteroids and cyclosporine A. Following infliximab administration, ...

Last Updated: 15 Jun 2015

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Gastrointestinal Behçet's disease: a review.
 

Author(s): Wasseem Skef, Matthew J Hamilton, Thurayya Arayssi

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2015 Apr;21(13):3801-12.

 

Behçet's disease (BD) is an idiopathic, chronic, relapsing, multi-systemic vasculitis characterized by recurrent oral and genital aphthous ulcers, ocular disease and skin lesions. Prevalence of BD is highest in countries along the ancient silk road from the Mediterranean basin to ...

Last Updated: 8 Apr 2015

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[Case of Behcet's disease diagnosed by bilateral epididymitis].
 

Author(s): Sayaka Horii, Shingo Takada, Takanori Kinjo, Daichi Nonomura, Yoshiyuki Yamamoto, Suguru Yoneda, Hironori Nomura, Norihide Tei, Kiyomi Matsumiya, Yoshimi Shiroyama

Journal: Hinyokika Kiyo. 2014 Nov;60(11):593-6.

 

A 24-year-old man visited our emergency room with testicular pain and left shoulder pain, and was admitted to our hospital for diagnosis of bilateral epididymitis. Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication were started, but the symptoms did not improve. During hospitalization, ...

Last Updated: 16 Dec 2014

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Immunogenetic Mechanisms in Behcet's Disease
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Behcet's Disease; Uveitis

 

Last Updated: 30 Mar 2016

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Special Investigation in Patients With Intestinal Behcet's Disease (All Case Investigation)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Behcet's Disease

 

Last Updated: 27 Jan 2016

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