Thromboangitis Obliterans involving
Bilateral Upper limb Extremities - A
Rare Case Report from Malaysia
Dr. Murali Uthamalingam,
Professor, Department of Surgery, International Medical School, Management and Science University,
Malaysia, Shah alam-40150, Selangor, Malaysia.
Thromboangiitis Obliterans (TAO) or Buergerâ€™s disease is a non-atherosclerotic, occlusive, progressive and highly inflammatory disorder of distal arteries seen predominantly affecting the lower limb in smokers. TAO presenting itself in upper limb or bilaterally involving the upper limb is a very rare entity. We report on a rare case of TAO in a 46-year-old gentleman who presented with bilateral upper extremity digital gangrene with 18 pack-years of smoking. Brachial and radial pulses were palpable bilaterally and were of good volume but right ulnar pulse was faintly felt, while on the left side it was not appreciated due to malunion. Further Computed Tomography (ct )- angiography showed occlusion of distal right ulnar artery, stenosis of distal left ulnar artery with bilateral poor opacification of palmar and digital arteries. This case reports on the unusual and rare presentation of TAO in upper extremity involving both limbs. The case is reported for the first time from Malaysia.