What is the prognosis (outlook) for patients with Behçet's disease?

Behçet's disease is a chronic disease that may disappear and reappear regardless of treatment. This sometimes makes it difficult to tell how well treatment might be working. Most Behçet's patients live out a full life, although they will probably deal with some level of symptoms throughout this time.

Death occurs in about four percent of Behçet's cases. Causes of death are most often intestinal perforation (hole), strokes, and rupture of enlarged, weakened blood vessels (aneurysms).

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/21/2017.


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