How are complications of thromboangiitis obliterans (TAO) (Buerger disease) prevented?

Updated: Jul 27, 2020
  • Author: Naiem Nassiri, MD; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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The following strategies are important for preventing complications from TAO:

  • Use of well-fitting protective footwear to prevent foot trauma and thermal or chemical injury
  • Early and aggressive treatment of extremity injuries to protect against infections
  • Avoidance of cold environments
  • Avoidance of drugs that lead to vasoconstriction

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