21 Aug
2009

What is Behcet’s Disease? Behcet’s Syndrome, Behcet’s Facts

Behcet’s Disease is a very rare auto immune disease, which causes chronic inflammation throughout the body. The cause of Behcet’s disease is unknown. Behcet’s disease typically begins in individuals who are in their 20s or 30s, but can happen at a much earlier age. Behcet’s affects more women than it does men.

Symptoms of Behcet’s disease can include ulcers in the mouth which can resembling canker sores. Also, in extreme cases, ulcers can form on the genitals, and cause eye inflammation. Regular eye exams are a good idea for people suffering from Behcet’s Disease.

Due to the bodies inability to combat the inflammation, Behcet’s disease can also cause cause various types of skin lesions, arthritis throughout muscles and especially joints, bowel inflammation, meningitis, which is inflammation of the membranes of the brain and spinal cord.

Behcet’s is a multi-system disease which in some extreme cases can effect all bodily organs, and effect the central nervous system, causing memory loss and impaired speech, balance, and movement.

Some severe effects  of Behcet’s Disease may include blindness, swelling of the spinal cord, stroke, and intestinal some complications.

Behcet’s disease is more commonly seen in Japan, Israel, and Turkey, and while it is less common in the United States, there are still over 15,000 people that have been diagnosed with it. Because of the rarity of it, there has not been any great breakthroughs on cures for the disease.

Stay tuned for more discussion and posts on how Behcet’s effects me, and things that seem to help me with my struggle with Behcet’s Disease.

So, what do you think?