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  Buerger's Disease  
 
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Buerger's disease occurs predominantly in men aged 20 to 40 who smoke cigarettes. More recently, however, a higher percentage of women (5%) and people over the age of 50 have been recognized to have this disease. Although the mechanism of the disease is unknown, the relationship of smoking to its occurrence and progression is apparent. There is no documentation of occurrence in nonsmokers, implicating cigarette smoking as the primary cause. Recent work suggests that Buerger's disease may be a reaction to tobacco of persons with a specific genetic type or an autoimmune disorder with immune cell sensitivity to some collagen types, which are constituents of blood vessels.
 

 
 

Signs, symptoms & indicators of Buerger's Disease:
 
 
Symptoms - Nervous  Numb/tingling/burning extremities
 Signs and symptoms of Buerger's disease may include numbness and/or tingling in the limbs.
 
 

Conditions that suggest Buerger's Disease:
 
 
Circulation  Intermittent Claudication
 The initial symptoms of Buerger’s Disease often include claudication (pain induced by insufficient blood flow during exercise) in the feet and/or hands, or pain in these areas at rest. The pain typically begins in the extremities but may radiate to other (more central) parts of the body.

  Raynaud's Phenomenon
 Raynaud’s phenomenon and even skin ulcerations and gangrene of the digits are common in Buerger’s disease. Pain may be very intense in the affected regions.
 
 

Risk factors for Buerger's Disease:
 
 
Environment / Toxicity  Cigarette Smoke Damage
 Smoking is the cause of Buerger's disease.

Lifestyle

  (Recently) quitting smoking or being a smoker

Personal Background

  Asian ethnicity
 Buerger’s disease is most common in the Orient, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East, but appears to be rare among African–Americans.

  East indian descent

Counter-indicators:
  African ethnicity
 Buerger’s disease appears to be rare among African–Americans.
 
 

Buerger's Disease can lead to:
 
 
Circulation  Intermittent Claudication
 The initial symptoms of Buerger’s Disease often include claudication (pain induced by insufficient blood flow during exercise) in the feet and/or hands, or pain in these areas at rest. The pain typically begins in the extremities but may radiate to other (more central) parts of the body.
 
 

Recommendations for Buerger's Disease:
 
 
Habits  Tobacco Avoidance
 
 


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