Raynaud Phenomenon

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General Principles

Raynaud phenomenon is a vasospasm of the digital arteries and can result in ischemia of the digits. It manifests as repeated episodes of color changes of the digits after cold exposure or emotional stress. Primary Raynaud disease has no predisposing factors and is milder. Secondary Raynaud disease occurs in individuals with a predisposing factor, usually a collagen vascular disease.

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General Principles

Raynaud phenomenon is a vasospasm of the digital arteries and can result in ischemia of the digits. It manifests as repeated episodes of color changes of the digits after cold exposure or emotional stress. Primary Raynaud disease has no predisposing factors and is milder. Secondary Raynaud disease occurs in individuals with a predisposing factor, usually a collagen vascular disease.

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