Ophthalmologic Manifestations of Behcet Disease Follow-up

Updated: Mar 21, 2016
  • Author: Mounir Bashour, MD, PhD, CM, FRCSC, FACS; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy, Sr, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

Patients with Behçet disease should receive follow-up care as needed.

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Prognosis

Spontaneous remissions and relapses characterize the natural history of ocular Behçet disease.

Visual prognosis in countries (ie, Japan, Turkey) that have the highest prevalence of Behçet disease is poor.

In Japan and Turkey, more than 50% of cases result in legal blindness within 4 years of onset.

The prevalence of blindness in Behçet disease patients in North America is 25%.

Possible explanation for this discrepancy includes genetic heterogeneity, with the occurrence of more severe disease in the Mideast and the Far East.

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