TITLE

Successful Intravenous Regional Sympathetic Blockade (Bier's Block) with Guanethidine and Lidocaine in a Patient with Advanced Buerger's Disease (Thromboangiitis Obliterans) A Case Report

AUTHOR(S)
Paraskevas, Kosmas I.; Trigka, Aikaterini A.; Samara, Maria
PUB. DATE
July 2005
SOURCE
Angiology;Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 56 Issue 4, p493
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A 65-year-old man, a heavy smoker with Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans), presented to this department with persistent severe ischemic rest pain at the fingers of his right hand, not responding to oral treatment with vasodilators and analgesics. Critical blood flow was discovered in the middle, ring, and little finger, with ischemic ulcerations apparent in the fingertips of these 3 fingers. The distal phalanx of the little finger had been amputated 6 months before because of gangrenous necrosis. In an attempt to avoid further disabling amputations, the patient received 3 series of Bier's block sessions with guanethidine and lidocaine according to a specific protocol. Marked increase in finger blood flow was induced even after the first series, and complete disappearance of both fingertip ulcerations and ischemic rest pain was achieved. No side effects were observed. The above-described method in a patient with advanced Buerger's disease resulted in excellent pain relief and full restoration of both blood flow and function of the affected fingers.
ACCESSION #
17686421

 

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