Definition of Phenomenon, Raynaud's
Phenomenon, Raynaud's: A condition resulting in discoloration of fingers and/or toes when a person is exposed to changes in temperature (cold or hot) or emotional events.
The skin discoloration occurs because an abnormal spasm of the of Raynaud's phenomenon.
Raynaud's phenomenon occurs with a number of conditions including rheumatic diseases (scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus), hormone imbalance (hypothyroidism and carcinoid), trauma (frostbite, vibrating tools), medications (propranolol/INDERAL, estrogens, nicotine, bleomycin) and, rarely, cancer.
The phenomenon is named for the French physician Maurice Raynaud (1834-1881).
Last Editorial Review: 4/27/2011 5:27:15 PM
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