Buerger\u2019s disease is a rare vascular disorder linked to smoking and tobacco use that can cause pain, discoloration, and other symptoms in your limbs. If left untreated, this\u00a0disease can lead to serious complications.\nFind out more about this condition, who is at risk, and the options for treatment.\nWhat is Buerger\u2019s Disease?\nHealthy blood flow brings oxygen and other nutrients to your organs and tissues. Buerger\u2019s disease, also known as thromboangiitis obliterans, is a very rare condition that causes swelling and blood clots in the small and medium-sized blood vessels of the arms and legs and limits blood flow.\nSymptoms of Buerger\u2019s Disease\nSymptoms of this disease\u00a0can include:\n\nPain in your arms, hands, legs, or feet\nPale, red, or blue hands and feet\nCold hands and feet\nNumbness or tingling in your limbs\nSkin ulcers, or wounds that don\u2019t heal on your fingers and toes\n\nIf left untreated, Buerger\u2019s disease can cause gangrene or tissue death in your fingers and toes. Once tissue dies, it must be removed, and in some cases through total amputation.\nRELATED:\u00a0How To Live Without Smoking\nWho Is At Risk?\nNearly all people with Buerger\u2019s smoke or use tobacco. It is most common among young or middle-aged men who smoke heavily and is more prevalent\u00a0in Asia and the Middle East.\nWhat Causes Buerger\u2019s Disease?\nWhile doctors don\u2019t know the exact cause, Buerger\u2019s disease is linked to smoking and tobacco use. Some doctors believe that the chemicals in tobacco damage the lining of your blood vessels, which causes swelling.\nRELATED:\u00a0How Quitting Smoking Helps Your Heart\nWhat Treatments Are Available?\nWhile there is no cure, quitting smoking and using tobacco products can help prevent Buerger\u2019s from getting worse. Other treatments, like medicines and procedures to restore blood flow, are usually not very effective.\nTo learn more about Buerger\u2019s disease, contact the UPMC Division of Vascular Surgery at (412)\u00a0802-3333.