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IMAJ | volume 18

Journal 4, April 2016
pages: 238-242

Efficacy and Safety of Intravenous Immunoglobulin Treatment in Refractory Behcet’s Disease with Different Organ Involvement: A Case Series


    Behçet's disease (BD) is a multi-systemic disorder of unknown etiology characterized by relapsing oral-genital ulcers, uveitis, and involvement of the articular, gastrointestinal, neurologic, and vascular systems. The choice of treatment is based on the severity of systemic involvement, clinical presentation and the site affected, and includes corticosteroids, azathioprine, interferon, cyclophosphamide, methotrexate or tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-1 blockers. We present a case series of four refractory BD patients successfully treated with intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG). All patients fulfilled International Study Group criteria. The patients’ mean age was 38.75 ± 12.09 years and mean disease duration 10.25 ± 8.5 years. Human leukocyte antigen B51 was positive in two of four patients. In addition to oral aphthosis, all patients suffered from genital ulcers and cutaneous BD-related manifestations; central nervous system involvement and arthralgia were found in two patients. Peripheral nervous system, gastrointestinal and eye involvement occurred in 25% of cases. In all patients, previously treated according to EULAR recommendations without reaching satisfactory results, IVIG induced immediate and sustained response over time without incurring any side effects. We propose IVIG administration as an additional effective and safe treatment option in patients with severe and resistant BD.

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