5 years ago

Case Report: Behçet’s disease accompanied with vitiligo [version 1; referees: 2 approved]

Atıl Avcı, Sule Ketenci Ertas, Mustafa Atasoy, Kemal Özyurt, Ragıp Ertaş
Recently, a few case reports and clinical studies have been published that explore the association of Behçet’s Disease (BD) and vitiligo, with conflicting results. Genetic and immunological properties of BD and presence of autoantibodies support autoimmunity, but clinical features suggest autoinflammatory diseases. BD is thought to be a cornerstone between autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases. On the other hand, vitiligo has been accepted as an autoimmune disease with associations of other autoimmune disorders and there is a possible role of autoimmunity in pathogenesis of the disease. Significant advances have been made understanding the pathogenesis and genetics of BD. However, it is worth presenting rare clinical variants for improving the clinical understanding of BD. Herein, we are presenting a case with diagnosis of both Behçet’s disease and vitiligo in same patient, which is a rare occurrence. Discussion and demonstrating the association of these two diseases may give rise to understanding similar and different aspects of autoimmunity and autoinflammatory pathogenesis of both diseases.

Publisher URL: https://f1000research.com/articles/6-310/v1

DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.11025.1

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