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Buerger's- and Raynaud's Disease: Summary

by Joseph Alpert, MD
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    00:00 that. We're usually able to control it with vasodilator drugs and avoidance of cold.

    00:00 So in summary, then: • Buerger's disease is arterial obstruction of very small and medium-sized blood vessels, usually in the hands and feet. It can lead to gangrene, or death of tissue, at the tips of the fingers and the toes. And it's probably an autoimmune disease but… that's triggered by tobacco products.

    00:23 • Raynaud's phenomenon, on the other hand: There's spontaneous spasm in the blood vessels.

    00:29 This causes white discoloration of the fingers, which eventually, fingers turn blue from low levels of oxygen in the blood. And then eventually, when the hand warms, the skin returns to bright red. The classification is either primary Raynaud's—in other words, actually Raynaud's disease—or it's secondary either to an autoimmune disease or to the fact that the person is just very sensitive to cold. • And the treatment is, of course, no smoking, vasodilators, and avoidance or protection from cold.


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    The lecture Buerger's- and Raynaud's Disease: Summary by Joseph Alpert, MD is from the course Diseases of the Lymphatic System.


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