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Chronic Lower Extremity Ischemia

  • Chad E. Jacobs

The most common cause of chronic lower extremity arterial insufficiency is atherosclerotic occlusive disease. Several other disease processes may mimic lower extremity arterial insufficiency, such as osteoarthritis, neurospinal compression, and diabetic neuropathy. The clinical picture may be further clouded by the coexistence of several of these diseases. Chronic lower extremity ischemia is best described as being either “functional” or “critical.” A careful and thorough history will almost always provide key information to help differentiate either functional or critical arterial insufficiency from other causes of leg symptoms.

Keywords

Limb Ischemia Critical Limb Ischemia Intermittent Claudication Rest Pain Posterior Tibial Artery 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chad E. Jacobs
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  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular/Thoracic SurgeryRush Medical College of Rush University, Rush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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