Medicine & USMLE

Behcet Disease

  1. Giant Cell (Temporal) Arteritis
  2. Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
  3. Takayasu Arteritis
  4. Buerger Disease (Thromboangiitis Obliterans)
  5. Behcet Disease
  6. Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
  7. Mixed Cryoglobulinemia
  8. Microscopic Polyangiitis
  9. Kawasaki Disease

Behcet Disease, also called Behcet Syndrome, is a small-vessel vasculiitis that causes blood vessel inflammation throughout the body. The autoimmune disease is a type 3 hypersensitivity reaction, induced by deposition of immune complexes in small blood vessels.

The disease is commonly seen in people of Turkish/East Mediterranean descent, presenting with recurrent apthous ulcers (also known as canker sores), genital ulcerations, uveitis, and erythema nodosum (painful red tender spots on legs).

Flares may be precipitated by HSV or parvovirus, and symptoms usually last 1-4 weeks. Notably, the syndrome is associated with HLA B51.

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