Raynaud's Phenomenon (Vascular Disease)

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Raynaud's phenomenon consists of spasms of the small arteries of the fingers and sometimes the toes, brought on by exposure to cold or excitement. Certain occupational exposures bring on Raynaud's. The episodes produce temporary lack of blood supply to the area, causing the skin to appear white or bluish and cold or numb. In some cases, the symptoms of Raynaud's may be related to underlying diseases (ie, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma). Complications in secondary RP include severe digital ischemia, gangrene, digital ulcers, and infection. Pain relief and complementary therapies are important adjunctive treatments.


Laboratory Test Procedures:

sensitivity to cold
pain in tips of the fingers or toes
cold fingers and toes
sequence of color changes in skin in response to cold or stress
numb, prickly feeling or stinging pain upon warming or relief of stress

Extractable Nuclear Antigen Antibodies
Nuclear Ab ANA Screen
ESR - Sed Rate
Platelet Count
Protein (URINE TEST)
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