Clinical Characteristics and Risk Factors of Intestinal Involvement in Behçet’s Syndrome Patients:A Cross-Sectional Study from a Single Center



Background: Intestinal Behçet’s syndrome (BS) has high morbidity and mortality rates with serious complications. This study aimed to investigate the clinical characteristics and laboratory indicators of intestinal BS compared with mucocutaneous BS patients in China and analyzed the risk factors of intestinal complications in BS patients.

Methods: A retrospective analysis was used to collect the demographic data and laboratory results from 97 patients newly diagnosed with intestinal BS and 154 patients newly diagnosed with mucocutaneous BS. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were used to analyze the demographic data and laboratory indexes whether a risk factor of intestinal involvement in BS patients.

Results: The most common clinical manifestations of first onset in intestinal BS patients were oral ulceration (100.00%), followed by genital ulcers (62.89%) and erythema nodule (28.87%), gastrointestinal lesions (28.87%), pseudofolliculitis (25.77%), fever (17.53%), arthritis (16.49%), ocular involvement (5.15%), while the least common were vascular involvement (2.06%) and blood system involvement (2.06%). The most common intestinal segment involved in intestinal BS patients was terminal ileum (30.9%), followed by ileocecal (18.6%), colon (15.5%). Most intestinal BS patients (89.7%) used ≥ 3 immunosuppressants to control disease while most mucocutaneous BS patients (92.9%) used 1 or 2 immunosuppressant. By univariate logistic regression analysis, we found gender, age at hospitalization, age of disease onset, BDCAF, T-SPOT, fever, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP), white blood cell (WBC), red blood cells (RBC), hemoglobin (HGB), neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), serum amyloid A (SAA), complement 3 (C3), albumin, total cholesterol(TCH), high-density lipoprotein(HDL) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) were all risk factors of intestinal involvement in BS patients (P<0.05 or P=0.00). Additionally, gender (male), BDCAF (≥2), ESR (≥15mm/H), CRP (>10mg/L), HGB (<130g/L) and IL-6 (>7pg/ml) were the independent risk factors of intestinal involvement in BS patients (all P<0.05).

Conclusions: More attention should be paid to gender, BDCAF, ESR, CRP, HGB and IL-6 of intestinal involvement in BS patients and therapeutic regiment should be adjusted timely to prevent the occurrence of serious clinical complication in BS patients.

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