Clinical and radiographic characteristics of neuro-behçet’s disease in South Korea

Seung Woo Kim, Tae Gyun Kim, Jongwook Oh, Do Young Kim, Young Chul Choi, Seung Min Kim, Ha Young Shin, Dongsik Bang

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Background and Purpose Neurological involvement in Behçet’s disease [neuro-Behçet’s disease (NBD)] is uncommon, but it is worth investigating since it can cause substantial disability. However, difficulties exist in understanding the clinical features of NBD due to regional variations and the lack of studies utilizing well-established diagnostic criteria. We therefore analyzed the clinical features of patients with NBD based on the recent international consensus recommendation. Methods We retrospectively searched electronic databases for patients with Behçet’s disease (BD) between 2000 and 2017, and reviewed their medical records. Based on the recent international consensus recommendation, patients with definite or probable NBD were included. Results Of 9,817 patients with the diagnosis code for BD, 1,682 (17.1%) visited the neurology clinic and 110 (1.1%) were classified as NBD. Ninety-eight patients exhibited parenchymal NBD and 12 exhibited nonparenchymal NBD. Their age at the onset of NBD was 37.6±10.6 years and the male-to-female ratio was 1.24:1. Brainstem syndrome (43.9%) was the most common condition in the 98 patients with parenchymal NBD, followed by multifocal (32.7%) and spinal cord (12.2%) syndromes. 72.4% exhibited acute NBD and 27.6% exhibited a progressive disease course. Frequent manifestations included pyramidal signs (52.0%), headache (45.9%), dysarthria (42.9%), and fever (31.6%). A frequent pattern in brain MRI was an upper brainstem lesion extending to the thalamus and basal ganglia. Conclusions Approximately 1% of the patients with suspected BD exhibited NBD. Neurologists must understand the clinical characteristics of NBD in order to perform the differential diagnosis and management of these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-437
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Neurology (Korea)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Oct

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© 2019 Korean Neurological Association.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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