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2021 Apr 23

J Med Case Rep



Intestinal thromboangiitis obliterans: a case report.


Mishra S S, Mishra T S, Mitra S, Kumar P
J Med Case Rep. 2021 Apr 23; 15(1):215.
PMID: 33892806.


Thromboangiitis obliterans or Buerger's disease is a form of peripheral vascular disease in young male smokers. The involvement of the intestine occurs in only about 2% of the cases, when they may present as acute abdomen due to mesenteric ischemia. The uncommonness of the condition makes it a less suspected differential diagnosis, leading to a delay in appropriate management, thereby increasing chances of morbidity or mortality. Cessation of smoking is known to stall the disease progression including visceral involvement, but may not always be the case as happened in the case being presented.