Raynaud's Phenomenon
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Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

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Kaito Nakamura, MD (Rheumatology & Allergy)

Dr. Nakamura is a rheumatologist who has practiced in the Ota Nishinouchi Hospital attached to Ota General Hospital, National Health Insurance Matsudo City Hospital, Chiba University Hospital, and the National Health Insurance Asahi Central Hospital.

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About the Symptom

Raynaud's phenomenon describes when your extremities feel cold, numb and change colors often in response to a sudden temperature shift like grabbing a cold glass of water. It commonly affects the fingers and toes. It is due to a sudden decrease in blood flow to those parts of the body. It may occur in isolation and it may also occur as a symptom of systemic disease.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Palpitation

  • Palpitations (irregular)

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Alternating diarrhea and constipation

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Fainting with loss of consciousness

  • Recent weight loss

  • Peripheral cyanosis

  • Gross hematuria

  • Dysphagia

Possible causes

Generally, Raynaud's phenomenon can be related to:

  • Raynaud's disease

    This disorder of unknown origin causes decreased blood flow to the fingers due to blood vessel spasms. Initially, fingers turn pale when exposed to cold, then become swollen, painful, and red when warmed.

  • Mixed connective tissue disease

    Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is a rare autoimmune disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues. Risk factors include family history of connective tissue disease and exposure to certain viruses or chemicals. It's most common in women in their 20s and 30s, but children may also be affected.

  • Scleroderma

    Scleroderma is a connective tissue disorder that causes the skin to thicken and harden, though it may also affect other organs. It is categorized as localized or widespread (systemic scleroderma). It is a disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks its own body.

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Vasculitis syndrome (including cryoglobulinemia)
  • Sjogren syndrome
  • Eosinophilic Fasciitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetic neuropathy

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do your fingers and toes turn from pale blue to purplish-red color in the cold?

  • Is your skin itchy?

  • Do you feel any pain or tingling in the affected skin areas?

  • Do you have a fever?

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References

  • Devgire V, Hughes M. Raynaud's phenomenon. Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2019 Nov 2;80(11):658-664. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2019.80.11.658. PMID: 31707892.

    https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/abs/10.12968/hmed.2019.80.11.658

  • Pauling JD, Hughes M, Pope JE. Raynaud's phenomenon-an update on diagnosis, classification and management. Clin Rheumatol. 2019 Dec;38(12):3317-3330. doi: 10.1007/s10067-019-04745-5. Epub 2019 Aug 16. PMID: 31420815.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10067-019-04745-5

  • Herrick AL, Wigley FM. Raynaud's phenomenon. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2020 Feb;34(1):101474. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2019.101474. Epub 2020 Jan 29. PMID: 32007400.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1521694219301706?via%3Dihub

  • Haque A, Hughes M. Raynaud's phenomenon. Clin Med (Lond). 2020 Nov;20(6):580-587. doi: 10.7861/clinmed.2020-0754. PMID: 33199324; PMCID: PMC7687329.

    https://www.rcpjournals.org/content/clinmedicine/20/6/580

  • Choi E, Henkin S. Raynaud's phenomenon and related vasospastic disorders. Vasc Med. 2021 Feb;26(1):56-70. doi: 10.1177/1358863X20983455. PMID: 33566754.

    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1358863X20983455

Reviewed By:

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Kaito Nakamura, MD

Kaito Nakamura, MD (Rheumatology & Allergy)

Dr. Nakamura is a rheumatologist who has practiced in the Ota Nishinouchi Hospital attached to Ota General Hospital, National Health Insurance Matsudo City Hospital, Chiba University Hospital, and the National Health Insurance Asahi Central Hospital.

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