What is Buerger's disease?

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Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans) is a chronic disease caused by inflammation and tissue damage in the arteries and veins in the hands and feet.

Symptoms include pain in the finger, hands, legs, or feet, clammy and cold skin, and a diminished sense of heat and cold. As the disease progresses people with Buerger's can develop gangrene in their extremities and may require amputation.

This disease is most common in men between the ages of 20 and 40 who smoke cigarettes.The only treatment for Buerger's is to stop smoking.