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Behcet's disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • BD
  • Behcet disease
  • Behcet syndrome
  • Behcet's syndrome
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What are the signs and symptoms of Behcet's disease? 

Symptoms of Behcet's disease include recurrent ulcers in the mouth (resembling canker sores) and on the genitals, and eye inflammation (uveitis). The disorder may also cause various types of skin lesions, arthritis, bowel inflammation, meningitis (inflammation of the membranes of the brain and spinal cord), and cranial nerve palsies. Behcet's is a multi-system disease; it may involve all organs and affect the central nervous system, causing memory loss and impaired speech, balance, and movement.[1][2] The effects of the disease may include blindness, stroke, swelling of the spinal cord, and intestinal complications.[2]
Last updated: 8/31/2011

  1. Calamia KT. Behcet's Syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2009; Accessed 8/31/2011.
  2. NINDS Behcet's Disease Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 2007; Accessed 8/31/2011.