Recurrent versus non-recurrent or no eye involvement in Behçet's disease

Toshihiko Matsuo, Masako Itami

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to note the clinical features of patients with Behçet's disease who did not show recurrent episodes of eye involvement during long-term follow-up. Methods: A retrospective review was made of 70 Japanese patients with Behçet's disease who were seen during a 23-year period from 1974 to 1996 and followed for five or more years at Okayama University Hospital. The 70 patients were divided into three groups: 36 patients with recurrent episodes of eye involvement; 13 patients with non-recurrent one-time only eye involvement; and 21 patients with no eye involvement at all during a follow-up period of five or more years. Clinical features were compared between these three groups. Results: Female sex (p = 0.0263, chi-square test), young age at the onset (p = 0.0322, Kruskal-Wallis test), and genital ulceration (p = 0.0003, chi-square test) were significantly associated with the non-recurrent or no eye involvement patients. Conclusions: Female patients with onset at a young age and who show the three signs of skin lesions and oral and genital ulcerations may have non-recurrent one-time only or no eye involvement at follow-up. A better visual prognosis can be expected for these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-77
Number of pages5
JournalOcular Immunology and Inflammation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2005


  • Behçet's disease
  • Eye genital ulceration
  • Prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Ophthalmology


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