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Mediterr J Rheumatol 2023;34(1):66-70
The Prevalence of Behçet’s Disease in a Thrombosis Clinic
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1Department of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology Division, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

2CEDOC, NOVA Medical School, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

3Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary, Dumfries, Scotland, United Kingdom

P Ames 


Background: The prevalence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in Behcet’s disease (BD) is around 40%, though recognition of BD in a thrombosis clinic has been poorly addressed. Objective: to evaluate the prevalence of signs and symptoms leading to the diagnosis of BD in a thrombosis clinic compared to patients attending a general haematology clinic and to healthy controls. Design: cross-sectional case-double control anonymous questionnaire survey. Participants: consecutive patients with spontaneous VTE (n=97) attending a thrombosis clinic, consecutive patients from a general haematology (GH) clinic (n=89) and controls (CTR). Results: BD was diagnosed in 1.03% of VTE participants, in 2.2% of GH participants and in 1.2% of healthy CTR. Exhaustion was more common reported in participants from the VTE group (15.6%) than in those from the GH group (10.3%) and from the healthy CTR (3%) (p=0.06); the sum of signs and symptoms of BD clustered in the VTE group (89.5%) compared to the GH (72.4%) and the CTR (59.7%)( p<0.0001). Conclusions: BD may be diagnosed in 1 every 100 patients with VTE attending a thrombosis clinic and in 2 every 100 patients attending a GH clinic: awareness must be raised not to under-diagnose or misdiagnose BD in these settings as management of VTE in BD deviates from the norm.

Cite this article as: Merashli M, Ames PRJ. The Prevalence of Behçet’s Disease in a Thrombosis Clinic. Mediterr J Rheumatol 2023;34(1):66-70.

Article Submitted: 21 Dec 2021; Article Accepted 15 Jan 2022; Available Online: 21 Feb 2023


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