Gastrointestinal Behçet’s disease: characteristics and differential diagnosis with Crohn’s disease
Chiara Rubino 1, Teresa Giani 2, Gabriele Simonini 2, Rolando Cimaz 2, Paolo Lionetti 3
1Scuola di Specializzazione in Pediatria, Università di Firenze 2 SODc Reumatologia, Ospedale Pediatrico Meyer, Firenze3SODc Gastroenterologia e Nutrizione, Ospedale Pediatrico Meyer, Firenz
Behçet’s disease (BD) is a chronic, systemic, inflammatory disease with variable clinical presentation. Gastrointestinal BD occurs in up to 50% of pediatric patients. It frequently shares a similar clinical presentation with Crohn’s disease. However, comprehensive analysis of intestinal and extraintestinal manifestations, laboratory tests, endoscopy and histology can help differential diagnosis.