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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is arteriosclerosis obliterans?

Arteriosclerosis obliterans is a condition in which the artery gets blocked mainly by fatty/ cholesterol deposits. Most commonly affected arteries are the abdominal aorta and the small- and medium-sized arteries of the lower limbs.

Symptoms of arteriosclerosis obliterans

  • Tingling or pricking numbness or pain in the legs that improves after a period of rest

  • Decreased sensation over skin

  • Pain in the arms and/or legs

  • Numbness or abnormal sensation

  • Tingling or numbing pain in the muscles, when walking or climbing stairs

  • Numbness anywhere from the knees to the ankles

  • Numbness of the thigh

  • The arm and leg on one side is weaker and harder to move than the other

Questions your doctor may ask to check for arteriosclerosis obliterans

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose arteriosclerosis obliterans

  • Are you able to resume exercise after your pain and numbness improves with some rest?

  • Do you feel the sensation on your skin has changed?

  • Do you have pain in your arms and/or legs?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

  • Do you have muscle numbness or pain when you are walking or taking the stairs?

Treatment for arteriosclerosis obliterans

Treatment for arteriosclerosis obliterans usually involves medications and surgery. Medication are prescribed to prevent blood clots, control blood pressure, blood sugar, lower cholesterol and ease symptoms. Surgery is done to treat the blocked artery.

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