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Bechet's Disease

What is Bechet's disease?

Bechet's disease is an autoimmune disease that results from damage to blood vessels throughout the body, particularly veins. In an autoimmune disease, the immune system attacks and harms the body's own tissues.

Bechet's disease is also called Adamantiades.

What causes Bechet's disease?

The exact cause is unknown. It is believed that an autoimmune reaction may cause blood vessels to become inflamed, but it is not clear what triggers this reaction.

What are the symptoms of Bechet's disease?

Bechet's disease affects each person differently. The four most common symptoms are mouth sores, genital sores, inflammation inside of the eye, and skin problems. Inflammation inside of the eye (uveitis, retinitis, and iritis) occurs in more that half of those with Bechet'sdisease and can cause blurred vision, pain, and redness.

Other symptoms of Bechet's disease may include arthritis, blood clots, and inflammation in the central nervous system and digestive organs.

How is Bechet's disease treated?

There is no cure for Bechet's disease. Treatment typically focuses on reducing discomfort and preventing serious complications. Corticosteroids and other medications that suppress the immune system may be prescribed to treat inflammation.

What is the prognosis for someone with Bechet's disease?

Bechet's is a chronic disease that recurs. However, patients may have periods of time when symptoms go away temporarily (remission).

The severity of Bechet's disease varies from patient to patient. Some patients may live normal lives, but others may become blind or severely disabled. A person who is severely disabled may qualify for social security benefits.

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