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      Cardiac Involvement in Behçet’s Disease

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          To assess the prevalence and the extent of cardiac involvement in patients with Behçet’s disease and to investigate the possible causes that may predispose to this involvement, 30 patients affected by Behçet’s disease and 30 normal control subjects were submitted to M-mode, two-dimensional, and Doppler echocardiographic evaluation. Moreover, antinuclear and anticardiolipin autoantibodies were determined in the sera of both patients and control subjects. Finally, HLA-B51 positivity was assessed in the patients and in a historical control group. Mitral valve prolapse was observed in 50% and proximal aorta dilatation in 30% of the patients. There was a significant difference in the rate of these abnormalities in comparison with the control group. Left ventricular function parameters were similar between the two groups. The positivity rate of antinuclear and anticardiolipin autoantibodies was very low (7%), without differences between the groups. HLA-B51 was detected in 82.7% of the patients versus 21.7% in the control group (p < 0.00001). In conclusion, this study demonstrates a high rate of cardiac abnormalities in patients with Behçet’s disease.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1997
          1997
          21 November 2008
          : 88
          : 6
          : 513-517
          Affiliations
          aIstituto di Clinica Medica I, bIstituto di Chirurgia del Cuore e dei, Grossi Vasi ed cIstituto di Oftalmologia, Università, ‘La Sapienza’, Roma, Italia
          Article
          177401 Cardiology 1997;88:513–517
          10.1159/000177401
          9397304
          © 1997 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 5
          Categories
          General Cardiology

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