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What is Behçet's disease?

Behcet’s disease is a very rare, chronic inflammatory disease whose cause is not well understood. People with Behcet’s disease develop recurrent ulcerations in the mouth and on the genitals, and lesions elsewhere on the skin; arthritis; and inflammation of the eye and bowel. When the disease affects the central nervous system, people can develop meningitis (inflammation of the membranes of the brain and spinal cord), cranial nerve palsies, memory loss, and impaired speech, balance, and movement. Behcet’s is less common in the United States than in the Middle East and Asia.

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