Other Names for this Disease
- Buerger's disease
- Inflammatory occlusive peripheral vascular disease
- Occlusive peripheral vascular disease
- Thromboangiitis obliterans
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 It is caused by vasculitis, which is an inflammation of blood vessels. The blood vessels of the hands and feet are especially affected, becoming constricted or totally blocked. This reduces blood flow to the tissues of hands and feet, resulting in pain and eventually damage.Buerger disease is a disease that causes obstruction of the blood vessels of the hands and feet.
Last updated: 11/19/2009
- Thromboangiitis obliterans. MedlinePlus. October 27, 2008; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000172.htm. Accessed 11/19/2009.
- The Vasculitis Foundation has an information page on Buerger disease. Click on the link above to view this information page.
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- The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition for patients and caregivers.
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- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Buerger disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- Torpy JM, Lynm C, Glass RM. Vasculitis. The Journal of the American Medical Association. 2007; 289(6):706.