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Buerger disease


Other Names for this Disease
  • Buerger's disease
  • Thromboangiitis obliterans
  • TAO
  • Inflammatory occlusive peripheral vascular disease
  • Occlusive peripheral vascular disease
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Overview

Buerger disease is a disease of the arteries and veins in the arms and legs.[1] The arteries and veins become inflamed which can lead to narrowed and blocked vessels.[1] This reduces blood flow resulting in pain and eventually damage to affected tissues.[1] Buerger disease nearly always occurs in association with cigarette or other tobacco use. Quitting all forms of tobacco is an essential part of treatment.[2]
Last updated: 6/16/2015

References

  1. Thromboangiitis obliterans. MedlinePlus. October 27, 2008; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000172.htm. Accessed 11/19/2009.
  2. Buerger's disease. MayoClinic. February 1, 2013; http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/buergers-disease/basics/definition/con-20029501?METHOD=print. Accessed 6/16/2015.
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Basic Information

  • The Vasculitis Foundation has an information page on Buerger disease. Click on the link above to view this information page.
  • MayoClinic.com has an information page on Buerger disease.
  • MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic.
  • The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition for patients and caregivers. 
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.

In Depth Information

  • Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
  • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
  • 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.

Selected Full-Text Journal Articles

  • Torpy JM, Lynm C, Glass RM. Vasculitis. The Journal of the American Medical Association. 2007; 289(6):706.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Buerger's disease
  • Thromboangiitis obliterans
  • TAO
  • Inflammatory occlusive peripheral vascular disease
  • Occlusive peripheral vascular disease
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.