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Who Is Affected by Raynaud's Phenomenon


Who Is Affected by Raynaud's Phenomenon?

About 10% of people are affected by one of two kinds of Raynaud's phenomenon:1

  • Primary Raynaud's (sometimes called Raynaud's disease) has no known cause. It is more common than the secondary form of Raynaud's. It occurs most often in women.
  • Secondary Raynaud's (sometimes called Raynaud's syndrome) usually causes more severe symptoms and may develop as the result of other diseases, such as lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, or atherosclerosis. Other causes of secondary Raynaud's include taking certain medicines, using vibrating power tools for several years, smoking, or having frostbite.

References

Citations

  1. Klippel JH (2008). Raynaud phenomenon. In K Wolff et al., eds., Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine, 7th ed., vol. 2, pp. 1643–1648. New York: McGraw-Hill.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerStanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
Last RevisedJune 30, 2010

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