Thromboangiitis obliterans

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Thromboangiitis obliterans (Buerger's disease) is an inflammatory obliterative, nonatherosclerotic, vascular disease that affects the small- and medium-sized arteries, veins, and nerves. It is causally related to tobacco use, although the exact mechanism is unknown. Its clinical presentation is manifested by distal arterial ischemia and superficial thrombophlebitis. Thromboangiitis obliterans usually becomes quiescent if the patient is able to stop smoking cigarettes. However, if smoking continues, amputation commonly results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-49
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Rheumatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


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