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Western Summary

Raynaud’s syndrome refers to a condition that leads to poor blood flow to the blood vessels in fingers and toes that can lead to pain.

Symptoms

In Raynaud's syndrome, the fingers can change in color to white, blue or red. Typically this occurs sporadically in response to temperature changes and occurs more often in women than in men. 

Causes

This phenomenon most often occurs spontaneously, with a predilection to occur in cold, moist weather. In some cases, Raynaud’s syndrome can also occur in association with other medical conditions, many of which are often connective tissue diseases or autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or systemic sclerosis.[1]

Treatments

A physician can help determine if an oral medication is appropriate to try and relieve the symptoms and occurrence of Raynaud’s. They can also help determine if there is an underlying associated medical condition that needs treatment.

  • Medications that dilate blood vessels: In some cases, a calcium channel blocker medication can be taken to help reduce the symptoms of Raynaud’s. Other medications that help improve blood flood can also be used such as sildenafil. 
  • Keeping digits warm and dry can help prevent the symptoms that occur with Raynaud’s.

​1.    Balas P, Tripolitis AJ, Kaklamanis P, et al. Raynaud's phenomenon: primary and secondary causes. Arch Surg.1979;114(10):1174-1177; PMID: 485828.