One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inflammation and thrombosis in small and medium-sized blood vessels, typically in the legs and leading to gangrene. It has been associated with smoking.
- ‘Thromboangiitis obliterans, also known as Buerger's disease, is a nonatherosclerotic inflammatory disease of the small-sized and medium-sized arteries and veins of the arms and legs.’
- ‘The vasoconstricting properties of cocaine are compatible with the clinical picture in Buerger's disease, which was first described in 1908 at a time when cocaine was freely available and heavily misused.’
- ‘Buerger's disease most commonly affects the small and medium sized arteries, veins and nerves. Although the cause is unknown, there is a strong association with tobacco use or exposure.’
- ‘Never very healthy, she suffered for many years from diabetes and Buerger's disease, which affects the circulation and can lead to gangrene.’
- ‘Skin diseases like psoriasis, eczemas, neurodermatitis, and Buerger's disease are also cured with the help of Pomorie's waters.’
Early 20th century: named after Leo Buerger (1879–1943), American surgeon.
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