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What causes Behçet’s syndrome?

The symptoms of Behçet's syndrome are caused by inflammation, though it's not yet clear why this happens. It's possible that a viral or bacterial infection may trigger the condition, but no specific infection has been identified. It's also possible that Behçet's may be an autoimmune disease, where the immune system attacks the body's own tissues, but this isn't yet certain.

Behçet's syndrome can't be passed on to other people. It's not associated with any other condition, a specific diet or any particular lifestyle.

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