How Can You Tell If You Have Behcet's Disease?
The symptoms of Behcet's disease differ from one person to the next. Some people have only mild symptoms, such as sores in the mouth, while others have more severe problems, such as vision loss. Symptoms of Behcet's disease may appear, disappear, and then reappear. The times when a person has symptoms are called flares.
The five most common symptoms of Behcet's disease are:
- Mouth sores
- Genital sores
- Other skin problems
- Inflammation of parts of the eye
Other, less common symptoms include:
- Central nervous system problems, including meningitis and encephalitis
- Blood clots
- Inflammation in the digestive system
In order to make a diagnosis, the doctor will likely ask a number of questions about a person's medical history, including:
- Current symptoms
- Family history of any medical problems
- Any medicines the person is taking.
The doctor will also perform a physical exam to look for any signs of the disease.
Diagnosing Behcet's disease is often difficult, because no specific test confirms it. Less than half of patients initially thought to have Behcet's disease actually have it. Most people are diagnosed with Behcet's disease based on the most common symptoms of the condition.