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Korean J Anesthesiol. 2013 Aug;65(2):167-71. doi: 10.4097/kjae.2013.65.2.167. Epub 2013 Aug 27.

Treatment of digit ulcers in a patient with Buerger's disease by using cervical spinal cord stimulation -a case report-.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Veterans Health Service Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.


Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans) is known as a segmental inflammatory vasculitis that involves the small-sized and medium-sized arteries, veins, and nerves. Most effective treatment for Buerger's disease is smoking cessation. Except for the cessation of tobacco use, surgical revascularization is available in severe ischemia and a distal target vessel. Amputation has been used as the last treatment option of the disease up to the present. Increasing limb survival and decreasing amputation rate is important. This case describes the use of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in patient with Buerger's disease and its effect is not only the complete healing of ulcers but also amputation is not performed.


Electric stimulation; Thromboangiitis obliterans; Ulcer

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