Clinical Rheumatology

, Volume 26, Issue 9, pp 1537–1539 | Cite as

Pulmonary aneurysms and intracardiac thrombi due to Behçet’s disease in an African-American adolescent with oculocutaneous albinism

  • Lois M. Endo
  • Steven M. Rowe
  • Robb L. Romp
  • Mark A. Buckmaster
  • T. Prescott AtkinsonEmail author
Case Report


Behçet’s disease (BD) is a systemic vasculitis that may involve a variety of organs. We describe a girl with oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) who, on initial evaluation for popliteal artery occlusion, was noted to have multiple cardiac thrombi. She later developed hemoptysis, which was the result of bilateral pulmonary artery aneurysms. Her clinical picture was consistent with BD. She was initially treated with prednisone and cyclophosphamide, followed by maintenance therapy with infliximab. This case describes a unique patient with OCA who developed BD with large pulmonary aneurysms and has remained stable for over 1 year while receiving infliximab.


Albinism Behçet’s disease Infliximab Vasculitis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lois M. Endo
    • 1
  • Steven M. Rowe
    • 1
  • Robb L. Romp
    • 1
  • Mark A. Buckmaster
    • 1
  • T. Prescott Atkinson
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Children’s Hospital, CHT752MBirminghamUSA

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