Gastrointestinal manifestations of Behcet's disease

Bayraktar Y., Ozaslan E., Van Thiel D.

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL GASTROENTEROLOGY, cilt.30, ss.144-154, 2000 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 30 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2000
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1097/00004836-200003000-00006
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.144-154


Behcet's disease (BD) is a multisystem, chronic, relapsing vasculitis of unknown origin that affects nearly all organs and systems. While recurrent oral ulcerations are a "sine qua non" of ED, the frequency of extra-oral parts of the gastrointestinal involvement varies widely in different countries. The most frequent extra-oral sites of gastrointestinal involvement are the ileocecal region and the colon. The liver (except with Budd-Chiari syndrome), pancreas, and spleen are rarely involved. The symptoms associated with these extra-oral manifestations of ED are abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea with or without blood, and constipation. The lesions typically are resistant to medical treatment and frequently recur with surgical treatment. We review the literature regarding the gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary systems in ED. Also, we present a patient who had ED complicated with radiologically-proven hepatic veins involvement (Budd-Chiari syndrome) and complete occlusion of hepatic portion of inferior vena cava and who had a good response to colchicine and penicillin treatment.