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March 1989

Neurologic Involvement in Behçet's Syndrome: A Prospective Study

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, Istanbul Medical Faculty (Drs Serdaroglu, Özdemir, Bahar, and Aktin), and the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty (Drs Yazici and Yurdakul), Istanbul, Turkey.

Arch Neurol. 1989;46(3):265-269. doi:10.1001/archneur.1989.00520390031011

• We investigated the prevalence and type of neurologic involvement in Behçet's syndrome in a prospective protocol. Of 323 consecutive patients with Behçet's syndrome seen during a 12-month period, 46 underwent neurologic evaluation because of headaches and/or neurologic symptoms and signs. Only 17 (5.3%) were found to have involvement of the nervous system. Hemispheric lesions were as common as brain-stem involvement. Headaches were of no clinical importance unless accompanied by other neurologic findings. Computed tomographic scans were of little diagnostic help. After 12±4 (SD) months of follow-up, only three patients showed worsening of their neurologic findings.

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