Behcet syndrome: the vascular cluster

Yazici H. , Seyahi E.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, cilt.46, ss.1277-1280, 2016 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 46 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3906/sag-1605-28
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1277-1280


Although skin-mucosa lesions are common in almost all patients with Behcet syndrome (BS), clinical properties may differ from one patient to another. Within BS, there are subsets with different organ involvement and hence probably different pathological pathways. These subsets can be described as a) solo skin-mucosa disease with no major organ involvement, b) eye disease, c) seronegative spondyloarthropathy-like disease (arthritis, enthesopathy, and folliculitis), d) Crohn-like disease, and finally the topic of this chapter: e) vascular disease. In the vascular disease subset, not surprisingly, several types of vascular involvement may be observed in the same individual. These subsets may make up the total clinical picture all at the same time or step by step with each relapse. Significant correlations exist between cerebral vascular thrombosis and pulmonary artery involvement, intracardiac thrombi and pulmonary artery involvement, Budd-Chiari syndrome, and inferior vena cava syndrome. Lower extremity vein thrombosis is often present in these associations and even precedes them. The recognition of these clusters is not only important in diagnosis and management but also in basic science, including genetic studies.