Behcet Syndrome Follow-up

Updated: Apr 18, 2016
  • Author: C Egla Rabinovich, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

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  • Close follow-up care is warranted to monitor clinical status, including routine eye examinations.
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Further Inpatient Care

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  • Patients with Behçet syndrome may need to be admitted during acute flares for intravenous therapy or for diagnostic testing or surgical intervention.
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Inpatient & Outpatient Medications

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  • Medications (see Medication) vary depending on the clinical manifestations. Monitor drug side effects and efficacy closely.
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Transfer

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  • Transfer to a tertiary care center for diagnosis and intervention may be warranted, depending on the clinical symptomatology.
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Deterrence/Prevention

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  • No preventative measures are known for Behçet syndrome.
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Complications

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  • Complications include those caused by medications and the primary disease, and they vary depending on clinical presentation and disease manifestations.
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Prognosis

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  • Prognosis depends on clinical manifestations. The worst prognoses are associated with retinal vasculitis, leading to blindness; vascular aneurysm formation, with possible rupture; and neuro–Behçet syndrome, which may lead to dementia despite appropriate aggressive treatment.
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Patient Education

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  • Patients must be educated in disease manifestations, long-term prognosis, and medication side effects.
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