Buerger’s disease (thromboangiitis obliterans) is considered to be a nonatherosclerotic, inflammatory, and vasoocclusive disease, although the details of the mechanisms of pathogenesis remain unknown. The occurrence of the disease is strongly related to tobacco abuse and its progression is closely linked to continued smoking. The purpose of this review article is to demonstrate the pathological characteristics of arteries affected with Buerger’s disease from a possible immunoreactive point of view. In addition, we present the mechanisms for preserving the architecture of the arterial wall in affected vasculatures. Thereafter, we discuss the possibility that the pathogenesis of Buerger’s disease is a type of endarteritis obliterans, deeply connected to the Notch pathway, distinct from arteriosclerosis obliterans and other vasculitides.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine