Buerger's Disease Information and Treatment

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        <p>Buerger's disease also called as thromboangiitis obliterans.
Buerger's disease is an acute inflammation and thrombosis (clotting) of
arteries and veins of the hands and feet. Buerger's disease ultimately
damages or destroys tissues and may result to infection and gangrene. It
is strongly related with use of tobacco products, primarily from smoking,
but also from smokeless tobacco. Heavy cigarette smokers are most likely
to develop buerger's disease. Buerger’s disease is most generally found
in the Orient, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East, but seems to be
infrequent among african–americans.</p>
<p>Buerger's disease most normally affects men between ages 20 and 40,
though it's becoming more common in women. Symptoms of buerger's disease
involve tenderness or pain in the feet or hands during exercise , or when
at rest. Other possible symptoms embrace tingling and numbness in the
limbs, and Raynaud's phenomenon. There's no cure of buerger's. The only
effective treatment is to stop smoking. Patients must stop smoking
immediately. Conventional medical treatments may help alleviate the
symptoms of buerger's disease. Vascular surgery can sometimes be helpful
in treating limbs with poor perfusion secondary to this disease.</p>
<p>Anti-inflammatory agents have proven profitable in excess
vasculitides, they are not beneficial in treating buerger’s.
Intravenous iloprost use is probably of greatest value in slowing
progressive tissue loss and reducing the need for amputation in patients
with critical limb ischemia during the period when they first discontinue
cigarette smoking. The use of thrombolytic therapy in the treatment of
Buerger disease has been proposed. Recently, Isner and colleagues
reported improved healing of ischemic ulcers and relief of rest pain in a
small series of patients with Buerger disease using intramuscular gene
transfer of vascular endothelial growth factor.</p>
<p>Exposure of affected areas to warm or cold should be avoided. Trauma
to the feet and other affected areas should be avoided and infections
must be treated immediately. Streptokinase has been suggested as adjuvant
therapy in many cases. Use of well-fitting protective footwear to obviate
foot trauma and thermal or chemical injury. Self care is very important
your body against buerger's disease. Be careful of your fingers and toes
if you have buerger's disease. Small cuts and scrapes can simply turn
into serious infections. Clean any cuts with water and cover them with a
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