, DEMIREL BERIL2
, KARTAL DEMET1
, CINAR LEVENT1
Erciyes University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, Kayseri, Turkey - 2
Bulent Ecevit University, Faculty of
Medicine, Department of Dermatology Zonguldak, Turkey
Aim: Behçet’s Disease (BD) is s a complex disease which occurs as a result of the involvement of different systems. In this
study, we aim to determine the importance of clinical findings and demographic data in its occurence and in understanding the prognostic
importance of BD, and to establish the influencing factors of these findings.
Materials and methods: We conducted a retrospective statistical analysis on the clinical and demographic data assessed by
examining the patient charts of 703 patients with BD who were admitted to the Behçet outpatient clinic in Erciyes University
Department of Dermatology between 1998 – 2010.
Results: Seven hundred and three patients were included in this study, of which 297 (42.2%) were male, and 406 (57.8%) were
female. The mean age at diagnosis of the disease was 30.1±19.1 years. Mucocutaneous findings were the most frequent and first seen
findings of the disease. The most frequent finding after mucocutaneous ones was ocular involvement. It was observed that vascular
involvement was more common in male patients compared to female ones. In contrast, genital ulcer, erythema nodosum and arthralgia
were seen more in female patients than in males.
Conclusion: There is not a specific laboratory, monitoring or histopathologic examining method for the diagnosis and assessment
of the prognosis of the disease. Consequently, it seems that the age, gender, genotype and other existing clinical findings of the
patient give a clue to the prognosis of the disease.
Behçet’s disease, clinical findings, demographic data