Risk of ischaemic heart diseases and stroke in behçet disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Eur J Clin Invest. 2022 Aug;52(8):e13778. doi: 10.1111/eci.13778. Epub 2022 Apr 5.


Background: Behçet disease (BD) is a systemic vasculitis. In addition to the mucocutaneous lesions, the vascular injury of pathophysiology in BD is theoretically correlated with cardiovascular diseases. This study aimed to elucidate the association of BD with ischaemic heart diseases (IHDs) and stroke.

Methods: A systematic search of PubMed, Embase, Web of Science and Cochrane Library databases was performed for all relevant observational studies from database inception until 10 July 2021. No language restriction was applied. A random-effects model was used for meta-analysis.

Results: A total of six observational studies consisting of three cohort studies, two cross-sectional studies and one study with both study designs were adopted in the meta-analysis. The numbers of patients with BD and healthy controls were 9,813 and 41,802, respectively. The pooled analysis demonstrated no significant association between BD and IHD. By contrast, we found that patients with BD had a significantly higher risk of stroke (adjusted hazard ratio, 2.083; 95% confidence interval, 1.339-3.240; p = 0.001) than healthy controls. We observed substantial heterogeneity across studies in few meta-analyses, but no significant publication bias was detected in any of the meta-analyses.

Conclusions: BD was significantly associated with stroke but not IHD. Physicians should be aware of possible vascular and neurological complications during care of patients with BD.

Keywords: Behçet disease; cerebrovascular accident; ischaemic heart diseases; stroke.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Behcet Syndrome* / complications
  • Behcet Syndrome* / epidemiology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Myocardial Ischemia* / epidemiology
  • Myocardial Ischemia* / etiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Stroke* / complications
  • Stroke* / etiology