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International Angiology 1999 Giugno;18(2):176-81

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The phy­si­cian B. Adamantiades and his con­tri­bu­tion to the dis­ease Adamantiades-Behçet

Dimakakos P. B., Tsiligiris B., Kotsis T.

From the Department of Vascular Surgery, B’ Surgical Clinic, University of Athens, “Aretaiion” Hospital


Adamantiades-Behçet dis­ease is a mul­ti­fo­cal ­entity which was first ­described by Hippocrates 500 years BC.
The dis­ease is char­ac­ter­ised by relaps­ing oral aph­thae, gen­i­tal ­ulcers and ­iritis, while 24-40% of cases ­present with arte­ri­al or ­venous throm­bos­es, arte­ri­al aneu­rysms or varic­es. In rare cases, due to inva­sion of dif­fer­ent ­systems, the clin­i­cal pic­ture var­ies, mak­ing time­ly diag­no­sis dif­fi­cult. The dis­ease is com­mon all over the world but is more fre­quent in Japan, Korea, China and the Middle East. The first descrip­tion in con­tem­po­rary times was made by the Greek oph­thal­mol­o­gist Benedict Adamantiades in 1931, and the dis­ease was ­described for the sec­ond time, inde­pen­dent­ly, by the Turkish der­ma­tol­o­gist Hulusi Behçet in 1937.

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