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Causes of Raynaud's phenomenon

List of causes of Raynaud's phenomenon

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Raynaud's phenomenon) that could possibly cause Raynaud's phenomenon includes:

More causes:see full list of causes for Raynaud's phenomenon

Causes of Raynaud's phenomenon (Diseases Database):

The follow list shows some of the possible medical causes of Raynaud's phenomenon that are listed by the Diseases Database:

Source: Diseases Database

Raynaud's phenomenon Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

Gender of Patients for Raynaud's phenomenon: Women more than men....more »

Gender Profile of Raynaud's phenomenon: Women are more likely than men to have the disorder. (Source: excerpt from Raynauds Phenomenon: NWHIC) ...more »

Raynaud's phenomenon: Geographical Location Profile

Geographical Profile for Raynaud's phenomenon: More common in cold climates....more »

Geographical Profile for Raynaud's phenomenon: Raynaud’s phenomenon appears to be more common in people who live in colder climates. However, people with the disorder who... (Source: excerpt from Raynauds Phenomenon: NWHIC) ...more »

Raynaud's phenomenon: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Raynaud's phenomenon, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Raynaud's phenomenon:

Raynaud's phenomenon: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Raynaud's phenomenon: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Raynaud's phenomenon:

  • Primary Raynaud's phenomenon - most common form; of unknown causes without an underlying cause.
  • Secondary Raynaud's phenomenon - caused by another condition such as lupus or scleroderma.
  • Vibration-induced white finger - caused by vibrating tools
  • more types...»

Causes of Broader Categories of Raynaud's phenomenon: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Raynaud's phenomenon as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Raynaud's phenomenon as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Raynaud's phenomenon. Our database lists the following as having Raynaud's phenomenon as a complication of that condition:

Raynaud's phenomenon as a symptom:

Conditions listing Raynaud's phenomenon as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Raynaud's phenomenon. Our database lists the following as having Raynaud's phenomenon as a symptom of that condition:

Medications or substances causing Raynaud's phenomenon:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Raynaud's phenomenon as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.


What causes Raynaud's phenomenon?

Article excerpts about the causes of Raynaud's phenomenon:
Doctors do not completely understand the cause of Raynaud's, but they believe the body's blood vessels overreact to cold.

When the body is exposed to cold, the hands and feet lose heat rapidly. To conserve heat, the body reduces the amount of blood flowing to these areas by narrowing the small arteries that supply them with blood. In persons with Raynaud's, these small blood vessels overrespond to cold. For example, reaching into a refrigerator may trigger an attack.

Cold temperatures are more likely to provoke an attack when the individual is physically or emotionally stressed. For some persons, exposure to cold is not even necessary; stress alone causes vessels to narrow. (Source: excerpt from NHLBI, Raynaud's Phenomenon: NHLBI)

What triggers Raynaud's phenomenon?

The following conditions are listed as possible triggers for Raynaud's phenomenon:

Related information on causes of Raynaud's phenomenon:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Raynaud's phenomenon may be found in:

 

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