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Rare disease
Behçet’s disease, painful genital ulcerations and steroid pulse therapy
  1. T Aldeen
  1. Dr T Aldeen, GUM Department, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth BH7 7DW, UK
  1. t.aldeen{at}


Behçet’s disease (BD) is a rare cause of painful genital ulcerations. It is a chronic condition in which the acute phases come and go with varying intensity. Mouth ulcers are the most common and earliest sign of BD. Other manifestations include genital ulcers, skin lesions and uveitis. The disease may also affect blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract and the central nervous system.

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