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Authors Michelotti B, Rizzo M, Moran SL
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Journal Hand Clin Volume: 31 Issue: 1 Pages: 63-73
Publish Date 2015 Feb
PubMed ID 25455357

Hand ischemia caused by vasculitis is a secondary finding in many autoimmune processes. Many of these autoimmune diseases are managed primarily with medications that can prevent the development of occlusive disease, tissue ischemia, and tissue loss. Unfortunately several disease conditions can be recalcitrant to medical management and can result in ischemic changes within the hand, which may require operative intervention. This article briefly reviews the major connective tissue disorders associated with vasculitis and vaso-occlusive disease of the hand, including scleroderma, lupus, and Buerger disease, and their surgical treatment. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System