Upper extremity ischemia caused by small artery disease

J. L. Mills, E. I. Friedman, L. M. Taylor, J. M. Porter

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One hundred patients with ischemic finger ulceration had detailed prospective evaluation to determine the incidence of associated diseases, response to treatment, and natural history of the condition. A potentially serious associated disease was detected in each patient including autoimmune disease in 54%, Buerger's disease in 9%, arteriosclerosis obliterans in 9%, hypersensitivity angiitis in 22%, and miscellaneous diseases in 6%. Conservative treatment with soap and water scrubs, antibiotics, and local resection/debridement resulted in long-term healing without recurrence in 88% of patients. Most recurrences occurred in patients with autoimmune disease, usually scleroderma or CRST.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-528
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987

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  • Surgery


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