Buerger’s 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’s Disease?\nHealthy blood flow brings oxygen and other nutrients to your organs and tissues. Buerger’s 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’s 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’t heal on your fingers and toes\n\nIf left untreated, Buerger’s 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’s 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’s Disease?\nWhile doctors don’t know the exact cause, Buerger’s 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’s from getting worse. Other treatments, like medicines and procedures to restore blood flow, are usually not very effective.\nTo learn more about Buerger’s disease, contact the UPMC Division of Vascular Surgery at (412)\u00a0802-3333.