International Buerger’s Disease Working Group
TAO can be considered as an orphan disease because it is usually neglected not only by physicians but also by the pharmaceutical companies. One of the reasons might be that disease outcome has a close relationship with addiction to smoking of the patient5 and the physicians are not usually trained to help the patients to overcome this addiction. Patients suffering from TAO are usually young and belong to the low or middle socio-economic class of society who usually learn to take refuge in smoking to relieve stress or calm down. While they suffer from pain and disability they are usually fall into neglect by family and health-care providers.
Experts from different regions of the world should work assiduously together inside the International Buerger’s Disease to update the geographical distribution of the disease, reach to a holistic view about TAO and consequently improve the management of TAO.
Bahar Fazeli-Chairperson (IRN),Pavel Poredos (SL),Malay Patel (IN),Peter Klein-Weigel (DE)