Behçet disease

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Behçet disease

In 1937, Professor Hulusi Behçet, a Turkish dermatologist, described two cases of relapsing ulceration of the mouth, eye and genitalia, a triple symptom complex that now characterizes the multisystem disorder that was named after him. The periodic relapses led Behçet to attribute these symptoms to a viral infection. This was subsequently found to be inaccurate and current evidence now favours a multifactorial aetiology with an immunological basis.

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Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK


Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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