Raynaud Phenomenon (cont.)
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Complications of Raynaud's Phenomenon
Uncommonly, Raynaud's phenomenon is recurrent and the episodes are prolonged enough to cause ulceration and tissue loss on the finger and toe tips. In people who continue to smoke or have Buerger's disease, frank gangrene of the toes and fingers is a real possibility. In some cases, there may be persistent pain and paleness of the digits. Infections are rare but can occur in people who also have diabetes. When complications occur, there is often more workup required to rule out presence of vasculitis (disease of blood vessels), blood clots, or atherosclerosis.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/27/2015
Shabir Bhimji, MD
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