What is Vasculitis?
Vasculitis is a condition that involves inflammation in the blood vessels. The condition occurs if your immune system attacks your blood vessels by mistake. This may happen as the result of an infection, a medicine, or another disease or condition.
“Inflammation” refers to the body’s response to injury, including injury to the blood vessels. Inflammation may involve pain, redness, warmth, swelling, and loss of function in the affected tissues. In vasculitis, inflammation can lead to serious problems. Complications depend on which blood vessels, organs, or other body systems are affected.
What is the Adamantiades-Behçet disease?
Behçet-Adamantiades disease is a rare immune-mediated small-vessel systemic vasculitis. Behçet's disease typical triple-symptom complex includes: recurrent oral aphthous ulcers, genital ulcers and uveitis. As a systemic disease, it can also involve visceral organs such as the gastrointestinal tract, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and neurological systems. This syndrome can be fatal due to ruptured vascular aneurysms or severe neurological complications.
Dr. Charalampos Dragonas MD
Rheumatologist - Internist
Member of European Academy for Medicine of Ageing (ΕΑΜΑ)