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Disease Information : CLI : What is it?

Critical Limb Ischemia : What is it?

What is Critical Limb Ischemia?

Critical Limb Ischemia or CLI is a severe obstruction of the arteries which seriously decreases blood flow to the extremities (hands, feet and legs) and has progressed to the point of severe pain and even skin ulcers or sores. Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) is often present in individuals with severe peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The pain caused by CLI can wake up an individual at night. This pain, also called "rest pain," can be relieved temporarily by hanging the leg over the bed or getting up to walk around.

CLI is very severe condition of (PAD) and needs comprehensive treatment by a vascular surgeon or vascular specialist. This condition will not improve on its own!