Lower limb ischaemia

A condition that is often caused by problems with the blood vessels, resulting in damage to tissue

About

Lower limb ischaemia is a restriction of the blood supply to your tissues, causing a shortage of oxygen that is needed for cellular metabolism. This is the process that keeps tissue alive. It usually occurs in the foot or leg and can be very serious if not treated early.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    Symptoms may include:
    • The affected limb appearing pink or red
    • Muscle pain on walking
    • In severe chases, paralysis (loss of muscle function)
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will speak to you about symptoms, take your medical history and undertake a physical examination of the affected limb.

    They may also request the following tests:
    • Blood tests
    • Ultrasound scan, to check your arterial flow
  • Afterwards icon plus

    Treatment options include:
    • Injection of an anticoagulant to stop the blood from clotting
    • Amputation. This is only considered in a small number of chronic cases.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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