Cardiovascular involvement in Behçet's disease

Clin Rheumatol. 2010 Jan;29(1):7-12. doi: 10.1007/s10067-009-1302-0. Epub 2009 Oct 16.


Behçet's disease is a chronic relapsing systemic vasculitis that can involve almost every organ and systems in the body with extremely different diverse manifestations. Cardiovascular involvement is one of these manifestations, the involvement of which might present in various patterns in itself. Cardiovascular involvement is relatively uncommon in Behçet's disease; however, Behçet's disease is relatively rather common in certain parts of the world. Therefore, especially in these locations recognizing such miscellaneous presentations are of critical importance, since cardiovascular involvements exceed other presentation in mortality and morbidity rates. Based on these facts, in this review, we summarized the cardiovascular involvements and its different manifestations in Behçet's disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behcet Syndrome / complications*
  • Behcet Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Behcet Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Behcet Syndrome / pathology
  • Behcet Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / pathology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Heart / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myocardium / pathology*