Buerger's disease in a young woman

Am J Med. 1986 May;80(5):1003-5. doi: 10.1016/0002-9343(86)90654-6.


Buerger's disease or thromboangiitis obliterans is characterized by peripheral arterial occlusions in young male cigarette smokers. It is rarely considered in the differential diagnosis of vascular disease in women, although there have been several well-documented cases in the literature. This report presents a young woman with both angiographic and histopathologic evidence for Buerger's disease who was initially treated with daily corticosteroids for presumed vasculitis. This case emphasizes the fact that Buerger's disease can present in a fashion similar to both vasculitis and collagen vascular disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arteries / pathology
  • Biopsy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Forearm / blood supply
  • Humans
  • Smoking
  • Thromboangiitis Obliterans / diagnosis
  • Thromboangiitis Obliterans / pathology*
  • Vasculitis / diagnosis