Behcet's Disease Diagnosis
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Diagnose Behcet's Disease
Diagnosing Behcet's disease is very difficult because:
- Symptoms are similar to those of many other diseases.
- Symptoms often appear very slowly, over months or years.
- There is no specific test to confirm the disease.
A doctor may suspect Behcet's disease if oral sores appear at least three times within a year, and at least two of the following recurring symptoms appear:
- Eye inflammation
- Genital sores
- Skin sores
If Behcet's disease is suspected, your doctor will do tests to rule out other diseases with similar symptoms. Also, you may have a pathergy skin test. For this test, your skin is pricked with a small needle. If you have Behcet's disease, a bump will develop at the site of the skin prick. However, this test is not conclusive. Many people with the disease do not have a reaction to the skin prick.