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Raynaud's phenomenon

Raynaud's phenomenon

Raynaud's phenomenon is characterized by temporary blood vessel spasms in the fingers, toes, ears or nose, usually brought on by exposure to cold. Raynaud's phenomenon and Raynaud's disease, a similar disorder, may occur on their own or they may be associated with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and scleroderma.






Review Date: 8/5/2019
Reviewed By: Gordon A. Starkebaum, MD, MACR, ABIM Board Certified in Rheumatology, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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