Meaning of Buerger's disease in English:

Buerger's disease

Pronunciation /ˈbəːɡəz/


mass noun
  • Inflammation and thrombosis in small and medium-sized blood vessels, typically in the legs and leading to gangrene. It has been associated with smoking.

    ‘Never very healthy, she suffered for many years from diabetes and Buerger's disease, which affects the circulation and can lead to gangrene.’
    • ‘Skin diseases like psoriasis, eczemas, neurodermatitis, and Buerger's disease are also cured with the help of Pomorie's waters.’
    • ‘Thromboangiitis obliterans, also known as Buerger's disease, is a nonatherosclerotic inflammatory disease of the small-sized and medium-sized arteries and veins of the arms and legs.’
    • ‘The vasoconstricting properties of cocaine are compatible with the clinical picture in Buerger's disease, which was first described in 1908 at a time when cocaine was freely available and heavily misused.’
    • ‘Buerger's disease most commonly affects the small and medium sized arteries, veins and nerves. Although the cause is unknown, there is a strong association with tobacco use or exposure.’


Early 20th century named after Leo Buerger (1879–1943), American surgeon.