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Aortic and peripheral vascular disease 

Aortic and peripheral vascular disease
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Aortic and peripheral vascular disease
Author(s):

Juan Carlos Kaski

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199557462.003.0128
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date: 11 August 2020

Peripheral arterial disease 316

Aortic aneurysms 320

Aortic dissection 322

Large-vessel vasculitis 324

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)—sometimes termed peripheral vascular disease—refers to atherosclerosis, usually of the lower limbs, with obstruction to blood supply. This usually gives rise to intermittent claudication and may progress to critical limb ischaemia characterized by rest pain, ulceration, and gangrene. Symptoms may become acutely worse due to atherothrombosis or acute embolization. PAD is increasingly recognized as a marker of arterial disease in other vascular beds as atherosclerosis is usually widespread....

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