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Who gets Behçet’s syndrome?

Behçet's is rare in the UK – there are probably only about 2,000 people who have it. It's more common in Mediterranean countries, Turkey, the Middle East, Japan and south-east Asia. It's sometimes called the Silk Route Disease after the ancient trade routes that ran through these areas.

Behçet's syndrome can occur in most ethnic groups, and we still don't know how much ethnic background increases or reduces the chances of getting it. It affects men and women of all ages, though it's most likely to develop in your 20s or 30s. It's a long-term (chronic) condition.

Although there are families in which more than one person has Behçet's syndrome, overall most people who have this condition don't have relatives who also have it. Behçet's syndrome isn't passed directly from parent to child, but genetic factors may increase the likelihood of a person developing the condition.

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