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Volume 2012, Article ID 146797, 9 pages
Review Article

Ulcerative Lesions in Behcet's Disease

1Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, Mersin University, 33079 Mersin, Turkey
2Department of Dermatology, Mersin State Hospital, Mersin, Turkey

Received 8 June 2012; Revised 11 September 2012; Accepted 1 October 2012

Academic Editor: Marco A. C. Frade

Copyright © 2012 Ümit Türsen and Belma Türsen. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ulcerative lesions in Behcet’s disease (BD) are regarded as important manifestation for diagnosis. Various kinds of ulcerative lesions appear in patients with BD. They present as orogenital ulcers, necrotizing vasculitis and pyoderma gengrenosum. Gastrointestinal system involvement (Gis) in Behçet’s disease affects all areas from the esophagus to the anus. Most authors believe that the Gis manifestations of Behçet’s disease should be confined to aphthous ulcers, which can occur throughout the Gis tract. All patients with oro-genital and Gis ulcerations should be fully investigated to establish a definitive diagnosis and eliminate the possibility of an underlying BD.