Other Names for this Disease
- Behcet's syndrome
- Behcet syndrome
- Behcet disease
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 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. The exact cause of Behcet's disease is still unknown. Treatment is symptomatic and supportive. Experience is evolving with the use of interferon-alpha and with agents which inhibit tumor necrosis factor (TNF) in the treatment of Behçet’s disease. Behcet's disease is a lifelong disorder that comes and goes. Spontaneous remission over time is common for individuals with Behçet’s disease but permanent remission of symptoms has not been reported.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. In some people, the disease also results in arthritis (swollen, painful, stiff joints), skin problems, and inflammation of the digestive tract, brain, and spinal cord.
Last updated: 5/25/2015
- Calamia KT. Behcet's Syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). April 28, 2015; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/100/viewAbstract. Accessed 5/25/2015.
- NINDS Behcet's Disease Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). February 6, 2012; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/behcet/behcet.htm. Accessed 5/25/2015.
- Questions and Answers about Behçet’s Disease. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). April 2012; http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Behcets_Disease/default.asp. Accessed 5/25/2015.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Behcet's disease. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- 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) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- 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.