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‘Behcet’s disease’ explained by Professor Bang Dong Sik

HIT : 5,028DATE : 2017-02-02

‘Behcet’s disease’ explained by Professor Bang Dong Sik

Professor Bang Dong Sik, a world-renowned authority on Behcet’s diseases, runs dermatology outpatient clinic in the CKU International St. Mary’s Hospital.

 

Executive director of International Society for Behcet’s Disease

Chairman of Korean Society for Behcet’s Diseases

 

Professor Bang, Dong Sik was awarded ‘Hulusi Behcet’ given to a scientist who recorded worldwide achievement in the study of Behcet’s diseases.

 

 Anyone has experienced canker sores in their mouth at least one or two times when they felt tired. It is very common and about 20 percent of the population has been suffering from recurrent stomatitis. However, if you have canker sores repeatedly, you need to suspect ‘Behcet’s diseases’ that leads to blindness or even death.

According to the data from the Korea Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the number of patients registered with Behcet’s diseases is approximately 15,000 of which 10,000 are female patients. The disease is very rare in the United States, Canada, and Europe while it is common on areas adjacent to the Silk Road, including Korea, Japan, China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. In addition, the disease that Jungjong, the king of the Joseon Dynasty in 16 century, had suffered was Behcet’s disease.





Behcet's disease is known as a kind of rare and incurable disease that causes ulceration in the genital area, festering skin, inflammation in the eyes, and even blindness. The most common initial symptom of this disease is recurrent oral stomatitis, and other symptoms gradually appear over the years. Symptoms such as attacking gastrointestinal tract, musculoskeletal system, central nervous system, and cardiovascular system, and epididymitis appear when the disease progresses to systemic symptoms. In particular, symptoms that attack central nervous system or cardiovascular system could be fetal.

The disease is now found to be in the middle of the autoimmune disease and autoimmune disease, and is classified as a type of immunogenetic inflammatory disease. In the past, Bahcet’s diseases made patients go blind if inflammation occurred in the eye. However, the chances of blindness have recently been decreased due to the development of therapeutic drugs, but special care needs to be taken.

If you have canker sores in your mouth frequently and your skin is prone to rash, it is a good idea to visit your doctor. Those who have experienced canker sores will know how painful and uncomfortable these symptoms are if they continuously recur.




In addition to Bahcet’s disease, there are many cases that bring about canker sores, such as herpes infection, inflammatory enteritis, drug, bullous disease, sexually transmitted disease, erythema multiforme, and so on. Therefore, if precise diagnosis is made through differentiation of the diseases, treatment is also possible in many cases.

If you have frequent canker sores in your mouth, it is important to take enough sleep, reduce stress, and increase your immunity through regular life and exercise.

 

 

  • 2007.3-2010.7, Severance Hospital,First Vice-president
  • 2005.3-2007.2, Severance Hospital, Head of Appropriate Care Management department
  • 2005.3-2005.12 Director of Medical Cooperation Center
  • 2002 -2005 School of Medicine,Chief of School Affairs 1998.3- Yonsei University,College of Medicine,Department of Dermatology,Professor