[Behçet's diseases with multiple intracranial arterial aneurysms]

Rev Neurol (Paris). 1987;143(12):832-5.
[Article in French]


A case of multiple intracranial arterial aneurysms occurring in a 43 year-old patient with an 8-year history of Behcet's disease is reported. The diagnosis was based upon the past occurrence of polyarthritis, oral and scrotal aphthous ulcers and cutaneous hypersensitivity. There was a three year remission after a brief treatment with corticosteroids. At the end of this period, a left hemiplegia occurred. CT scan showed an infarction in the right middle cerebral artery territory. Angiography showed fusiform aneurysms of the intracranial right internal carotid, right anterior and middle cerebral arteries. The draining veins and sinuses were normal. Careful angiographic examination of visceral and peripheral arteries showed only bilateral retinal artery aneurysms. Large artery involvement is a rare complication of Behcet's disease, and a thorough review of the literature showed only one reported case of an intracranial aneurysm.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behcet Syndrome / complications*
  • Carotid Artery, Internal / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / complications*
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Radiography