Berger’s Disease This is inflammation and thrombosis (clot) of small and medium blood vessels.
What is Burger’s Disease?
It is a pathological condition that causes swelling of the medium and small sized blood vessels of the legs and arms. Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels that causes narrowing of the blood vessels to form small blood clots that lead to blockage. This blockage causes pain and eventually leads to tissue damage and death in the hands and feet.
Causes of Burger’s disease:
It is still unknown, but tobacco use is one of the major factors. This triggers an immune response leading to vasculitis and ischemic changes on the distal parts of the organs.
- Chronic inflammation and thrombosis of the arteries and veins of the limbs.
- Sharp pain (intermittent stiffness) while resting and walking. The pain increases at night.
- The person will be sensitive to cold due to impaired circulation.
- The color of the extremities changes from cyanotic blue to reddish blue and the skin becomes shiny.
- Blisters and gangrene in the extremities if the condition worsens and subsequently leads to amputation.
Understanding Burger’s disease in dad Ayurveda:
Buerger’s disease is considered to be one of the Rakta Pradoshaja disorders that involve Vata and Rakta. The treatment line aims at eradication of the root deformity by appropriate medications, lifestyle changes and certain procedures that help in eradicating the cause and repairing the damage already done.