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Diagnostic Tests for Behcet's Disease

Behcet's Disease: Diagnostic Tests

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Behcet's Disease includes:

  • Pathergy test

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Behcet's Disease:

Diagnosing BehÁetís disease is very difficult because no specific test confirms it. Less than half of the patients initially thought to have BehÁetís disease actually have it. The doctor must examine a patient with symptoms and rule out other conditions with similar symptoms. Because it may take several months or even years for all the common symptoms to appear, the diagnosis may not be made for a long time. A patient may even visit several different kinds of doctors before the diagnosis is made.

These symptoms are key to diagnosing BehÁetís disease:

  • Mouth sores at least three times in 12 months
  • Any two of the following symptoms: recurring genital sores, eye inflammation with loss of vision, skin lesions, or positive pathergy (skin prick test).

Besides finding these signs, the doctor must rule out other conditions with similar symptoms, such as Crohnís disease and Reiterís syndrome. The doctor may also recommend that the patient see an eye specialist to identify possible complications related to eye inflammation. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Behcets Disease: NIAMS)


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