Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome in a Woman With Behcets Disease: Case Report

Itxaso Azkune-Calle, Ana Pinedo-Brochado, Alberto Cabrera-Zubizarreta, Inigo Vicente-Olabarria, Juan Carlos Garcia-Monco


Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is an entity characterized by the presence of variable neurological symptoms and reversible edema typically affecting the posterior white matter on brain MRI studies. It has been described in association with autoimmune diseases and with the use of chemotherapy and immunosuppressive drugs. We report a case of a 58-year-old woman with Behcets disease treated with methotrexate, adalimumab and low-dose prednisone who presented with sudden bilateral visual loss, together with radiological findings and clinical course suggesting PRES. PRES may appear associated with Behcets disease, from whose neurological complications should be differentiated, since management and prognosis differ significantly.

J Med Cases. 2014;5(3):177-179


Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome; PRES; Reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome; RPLS; Hypertensive encephalopathy; Behcet’s disease

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