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August 1988

Multiple Aneurysms in Behçet's Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Blood Flow Laboratory and Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago. Dr Bartlett is now at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento.

Arch Surg. 1988;123(8):1004-1008. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400320090018

• Behçet's disease is characterized by recurrent ulcers of the mouth and genitalia and relapsing iritis. It is now recognized as a chronic multisystem disease affecting the skin, mucous membranes, eye, joints, central nervous system, and blood vessels. One of the known vascular complications of Behçet's disease is aneurysm formation or venous thrombosis. The two patients with Behçet's disease in this report developed multiple aneurysms over a short time span. Vascular surgeons dealing with young adults with peripheral aneurysms must be aware of this uncommon yet challenging clinical entity.

(Arch Surg 1988;123:1004-1008)