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Buerger's Disease Overview

What is Buerger's disease?
A person with Buerger's disease has spasms of small arteries and veins in the hands and feet, which can reduce the blood supply to the fingertips and toes. Buerger's disease causes swelling within the arteries and veins in the limbs, and this can lead to blood clot formation in the vessels. Buerger's disease is rare and its cause is unknown.

What are the symptoms of Buerger's disease?
Symptoms of Buerger's disease include skin ulcers, cold sensitivity, hand pain, foot pain, and numbness in the hands and feet.

How does the doctor treat Buerger's disease?
Treatment for Buerger's disease requires the strict avoidance of smoking and any exposure to secondary smoke. Surgery may be an option in some cases.

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Last Updated: Aug 24, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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