Prognosis of Raynaud's phenomenon


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About prognosis: The 'prognosis' of Raynaud's phenomenon usually refers to the likely outcome of Raynaud's phenomenon. The prognosis of Raynaud's phenomenon may include the duration of Raynaud's phenomenon, chances of complications of Raynaud's phenomenon, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Raynaud's phenomenon, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Raynaud's phenomenon. Naturally, such forecast issues are by their nature unpredictable.

Complications: see complications of Raynaud's phenomenon

Prognosis of Raynaud's phenomenon discussion: Between 40 to 60 percent of patients with primary Raynaud's respond to management techniques. A rare but serious complication of primary Raynaud's is dry gangrene, or dead flesh. This may occur if the arteries stay contracted so that blood cannot bring oxygen to the area.

In most people with secondary Raynaud's, the problem does not get worse. All patients with Raynaud's should discuss any questions about their prognosis with their doctor.1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NHLBI, Raynaud's Phenomenon: NHLBI

Last revision: June 12, 2003

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