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Behcet's Syndrome Overview

What is Behcet's syndrome?
A person with Behcet's syndrome has a rare illness that causes mouth ulcers, genital ulcers and eye irritation. Occasionally, the syndrome also causes arthritis. The exact cause of Behcet's syndrome is unknown, but it seems that the immune system mistakenly attacks the walls of blood vessels, resulting in inflammation of the blood vessels, called vasculitis.

What are the symptoms of Behcet's syndrome?
Common symptoms of Behcet's syndrome include joint pain, weakness or fatigue, painful genital ulcers, painful mouth ulcers, and rash.

How does the doctor treat Behcet's syndrome?
Treatment for Behcet's syndrome includes oral corticosteroid medication, immunosuppressants, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: May 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Behcet's Syndrome References
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