Behcet's Syndrome - Diagnosis

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How is Behçet's syndrome diagnosed?

Behçet's syndrome is diagnosed based on the finding of recurrent mouth ulcerations combined with any two of the following: eye inflammation, genital ulcerations, or skin abnormalities mentioned above.

A special skin test called a pathergy test can also suggest Behçet's syndrome. (The other criteria above are still required for ultimate diagnosis.) This test consists of pricking the skin of the forearm with a sterile needle. The test is called positive and suggests Behçet's syndrome when the puncture causes a sterile red nodule or pustule that is greater than two millimeters in diameter at 24 to 48 hours after the test.

Tests such as skin biopsy, lumbar puncture, MRI scan of the brain, and bowel tests are considered for individual patients based upon symptoms that are present.

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Comment from: Sharon, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I have had Behcet's syndrome for a long time. I have had problems with blood clots, MRSA, mouth sores as many as 10 to 15 at a time, eye problems, prolapse valve in my heart, degenerative disc disease, degenerative arthritis, fibromyalgia, no cartilage in my knee, swelling of the legs and hands, acne, leg cramps, a bone tumor on C5; I can go on and on. I was recently diagnosed around two months ago but yet no doctor has put me on any medication for any of this. After reading your post I am a little bit more concerned with this and I believe I will make an appointment with my primary care physician, so thank you for posting.

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Comment from: June, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

My immunologist mentioned that I may have Behcet's syndrome due to my ulcers in mouth, sores on body and fatigue like symptoms. He cannot be sure until I get back blood test results. I have had these symptoms for 8 months. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 2 years ago and am taking Copaxone 40 mg. I am feeling a lot better and sores on body are healing and the ulcers in mouth are not as severe as before. The ulcers in mouth are affecting my gums and are starting to recede.

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