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Buerger’s disease- Drug Today Medical Times

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If this disease worsens, the blood flow to arms and legs decreases. This occurs due to blockages that make it hard for blood to reach the tips of fingers and toes.

Buerger’s disease is a rare disorder that affects the arteries and veins in the arms and legs. Buerger’s disease, also known as Thromboangiitis obliterans, first shows in the hands, feet and may eventually affect larger areas of arms and legs. The cause of Buerger’s mainly includes tobacco consumption, including chewing and smoking. Quitting all forms of tobacco is the only way to stop Buerger’s disease. For those who cannot give up tobacco consumption or smoking, amputation of all or part of a limb sometimes becomes the only option.

The symptoms of Buerger’s disease include painful open sores on fingers and toes and fingers and toes that turns pale when exposed to cold.

The other symptoms include pain that may come and go in legs and feet or arms and hands. This pain may happen while using hands, feet and eases while stopping the activity or in rest. Inflammation along a vein just below the skin’s surface due to blood clotting in the vein.

The complications of Buerger’s disease could be severe. If this disease worsens, the blood flow to arms and legs decreases. This occurs due to blockages that make it hard for blood to reach the tips of fingers and toes. Tissues that do not receive blood don’t get the oxygen and nutrient they need to survive.

This will lead the skin and tissue on the ends of your fingers and toes to die (gangrene).  Symptoms of gangrene include black or blue skin, a loss of feeling in the affected finger or toe, and a foul smell from the affected area. Gangrene is a serious condition that usually requires amputation of the affected finger or toe.