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The World in Medicine
September 13, 2000

Behçet Society Formed

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JAMA. 2000;284(10):1235. doi:10.1001/jama.284.10.1235-JWM00007-4-1

A multidisciplinary group of experts from around the world recently formed the International Society for Behçet's Disease. According to its organizers, the society was formed to advance knowledge of the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, natural history, clinical features, and treatment of the illness. Behçet disease, which affects twice as many men as women, is a chronic inflammatory disease that generally causes painful, recurrent ulcerations in the mouth. Symptoms also include skin blisters, swelling in the joints, and genital ulcerations. Inflammation from Behçet disease may occur in the gastrointestinal tract, blood vessels, and eyes. Severe cases can be fatal.

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