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Behcet’s disease



Behçet disease is a rare vasculitic disorder

that is characterized by the triad of recurrent oral aphthous ulcers, genital ulcers, and uveitis


Behcet’s disease is virtually unparalleled among the vasculitides in its ability to involve blood vessels

of nearly all sizes and types, ranging from small arteries to large ones


The disease is named after a Turkish dermatologist, Hulusi Behcet,

who noted the disease triad and became the first physician to describe the disease in modern times


Symptoms generally begin when individuals are in their 20s or 30s, but may occur at any age


Behcet’s disease is most common along the “Old Silk Route,”

which spans the region from Japan and China in the Far East to the Mediterranean Sea, including countries such as Turkey and Iran

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