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June 1980

Surgical Implications of Behçet's Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(6):759-760. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380060057016

• Behçet's disease, though originally described as a triad of oral and genital aphthous ulcers and infla[ill]matory ocular lesions, has had several new elements added to its description. The updated syndrome now includes gastrointestinal (GI) involvement as well as polyarthritis, neuritis, myocarditis, and glomerulonephritis. Of particular importance to the surgeon are the GI manifestations that include hemorrhage and perforation. A review of the literature indicates that the GI manifestations of Behçet's disease are not uncommon and, though usually mild, may necessitate surgical intervention. Our experience with a patient with GI hemorrhage and subsequent perforation underlines the occasional urgent complications of this disease.

(Arch Surg 115:759-760, 1980)