Psychiatric findings related to neurological complications in Behcet's disease: A short review and a case presentation

FOTO ÖZDEMİR D., Ozsoylar G., Candansayar S., Cosar B., Onder M.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY IN CLINICAL PRACTICE, vol.8, no.3, pp.185-190, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Behcet's disease affects the skin, mucosa, joints, vascular system, eyes, the central nervous system (CNS) and gastrointestinal system. In Behcet's disease, the obvious illness mechanism in all organ systems is occlusive vasculitis of unknown etiology. CNS involvement in Behcet's disease sometimes causes psychiatric disorders. In this paper we discuss a case with neurobehcet disease who was admitted with psychotic symptoms. This 29-year-old male patient had symptoms of Behcet's disease and concomitant psychiatric symptoms. An advanced evaluation of the CNS was performed following unresponsiveness to antipsychotic treatment. It was concluded that the psychotic picture was a result of CNS involvement related to Behcet's disease. Colchicine was added to the treatment and upon discharge the case was in remission. Differences in treatment and prognosis between psychiatric disorder due to Behcet's disease and psychiatric disorders comorbid to Behcet's disease are discussed.