Neuro-Behçet's disease, its mimickers and anti-TNF therapy: a case-based review

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Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, Brazil. fabricio.souza.neves@gmail.com

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2013 Vol.31, N°3 ,Suppl.77 - PI 0133, PF 0140

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Rheumatology Article



When the central nervous system is the primary affected site in an initial attack of Behçet`s disease (BD), the differential diagnosis is particularly challenging. Because the specificity of immunobiologic therapy is growing, the specific diagnosis may impact the chosen therapy. For instance, anti-tumour necrosis factor agents are efficacious in BD but may be harmful in multiple sclerosis or systemic lupus erythematosus. We present two cases with similar neurological features but different diagnosis (BD and systemic lupus erythematosus) as a starting point to review diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for neuro-BD and its differential diagnoses.

PMID: 23739034 [PubMed]

Received: 10/04/2012 - Accepted : 27/02/2013 - In Press: 28/05/2013 - Published: 09/09/2013