Buerger's Disease Information and Treatment 1

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					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.      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.

  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.      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 clean bandage.
Juliet Cohen writes articles for http://www.health-disease.org/ . She
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