Author(s): KleinWeigel PF, Kning C, Hrtwig A, Krger K, GutschePetrak B, , KleinWeigel PF, Kning C, Hrtwig A, Krger K, GutschePetrak B,
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Thrombangiitis obliterans or Buerger's disease is a segmental inflammatory disease affecting small and medium-sized veins and arteries, which most often affects young smokers leading to thrombophlebitis and acral ischaemic syndromes, inducing high amputation rates. Based on positive results of a former pilot study we report on our results of immunoadsorption (IA) in clinical routine care, where IA was offered as a treatment option. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The uncontrolled course of 12 consecutive TAO-patients treated by IA on a series of 5 consecutive days was observed. Follow-up period was 14.1 (ranging from 1-26) months. RESULTS: Eight patients were treated with one, four patients completed 2 IA-series. In 9 patients an early onset and lasting clinical improvement and an improvement of ischaemia was noted. The intake of pain-relievers (especially opioids) sank drastically. Eight patients returned to work. Retrospectively, in two out of three treatment failures the correct diagnosis of TAO was questionable. CONCLUSION: IA seems to be a promising treatment option for patients suffering from TAO which should be further evaluated in controlled clinical trials. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.
This article was published in Zentralbl Chir
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