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Behcet's disease


Other Names for this Disease

  • BD
  • Behcet disease
  • Behcet syndrome
  • Behcet's syndrome
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Overview

Behcet's disease is a chronic multisystem inflammatory disorder characterized by ulcers affecting the mouth and genitals, various skin lesions, and abnormalities affecting the eyes.[1][2] Although it can happen at any age, symptoms generally begin when individuals are in their 20s or 30s. The disease is common in Japan, Turkey and Israel, and less common in the United States.[2] The exact cause of Behcet's disease is unknown.[1][2][3]  Treatment is symptomatic and supportive.[2]
Last updated: 12/4/2009

References

  1. Calamia KT. Behcet's Syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2009; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/100/viewAbstract. Accessed 8/31/2011.
  2. NINDS Behcet's Disease Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 2007; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/behcet/behcet.htm. Accessed 8/31/2011.
  3. Calamia KT, Jorizzo JL, Mittleman B, Witter J, Rogers III, RS. Behcet's Disease. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). April 2009; http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Behcets_Disease/default.asp. Accessed 8/31/2011.
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Basic Information

  • The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center website provides information about different types of vasculitis. Click on the link to access information about Behcet's disease.
  • MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic.
  • The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. Click on the link to view information on this topic. 
  • The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research, and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
  • The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) collects and disseminates research information related to neurological disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.

In Depth Information

  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs.  Access to this database is free of charge.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Behcet's disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
Other Names for this Disease
  • BD
  • Behcet disease
  • Behcet syndrome
  • Behcet's syndrome
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.