Misdiagnosis of Underlying Causes of Raynaud's phenomenon
|About underlying conditions: With a diagnosis of Raynaud's phenomenon, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Raynaud's phenomenon. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Raynaud's phenomenon. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis|
Underlying conditions list: The list of possible underlying conditions mentioned in various sources for Raynaud's phenomenon includes:
- Scleroderma - causes Raynaud's and other symptoms often appear late.
- Connective tissue diseases
- Sjögren's syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Obstructive arterial disease
- Vibrating tools - causing vibration-induced white finger.
- Artery diseases
- Nerve problems
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Buerger's disease
- Certain drugs
- Certain blood vessel conditions
Raynaud's phenomenon as a complication: Other conditions that might have Raynaud's phenomenon as a complication might be potential underlying conditions. The list of conditions listing Raynaud's phenomenon as a complication includes:
Raynaud's phenomenon as a symptom: Conditions listing Raynaud's phenomenon as a symptom may also be potential underlying conditions:
Underlying conditions discussion: Other medical conditions that may cause secondary Raynaud's phenomenon include:
- Scleroderma--a thickening and hardening of the skin and other
- Systemic lupus erythematosus--a chronic inflammation of the skin
and organ systems.
- Rheumatoid arthritis--a chronic inflammation and swelling of
tissue in the joints.
- Blood flow reduction--problems that slow or stop blood flow in a
vessel. These include inflammation and hardening of the arteries
- Nerve problems--problems that affect the nerves supplying the
- Pulmonary hypertension--a condition in which the blood pressure rises in the blood vessels of the lungs.
1. excerpt from NHLBI, Raynaud's Phenomenon: NHLBI
Last revision: June 12, 2003
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