Prevalence and Incidence of Raynaud's phenomenon


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About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Raynaud's phenomenon usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Raynaud's phenomenon at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Raynaud's phenomenon refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Raynaud's phenomenon diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalance of Raynaud's phenomenon: 5-10% (NIAMS estimate). Scleroderma-related disorders including Raynaud's phenomenon between 250,000 and 992,500.
Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 20 or 5.00% or 13.6 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Raynaud's phenomenon: Although estimates vary, recent surveys show that Raynaud's phenomenon may affect 5 to 10 percent of the general population in the United States.1 ... Although estimates vary, recent surveys show that Raynaud's phenomenon may affect 5 to 10 percent of the general population in the United States.2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Questions and Answers about Raynaud's Phenomenon: NIAMS
2. excerpt from Raynauds Phenomenon: NWHIC

Last revision: June 12, 2003

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