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Diagnostic Tests for Cold hands

Diagnostic Test list for Cold hands:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Cold hands includes:

  • Physical examination
    • Temperature, Blood pressure and pulse rate to assess possible shock
    • Examine cardiovascular system for signs of left ventricular failure and shock
    • Examine for signs of acute arterial occlusion of major peripheral artery e.g. arm and hand pallor, lack of sensation to light touch, motor paralysis, gangrene
    • Presence of a cervical rib (extra upper rib) that can cause subclavian artery compression, aneurysm and peripheral microemboli to small arteries
    • Examine for signs of peripheral microemboli to the small arteries e.g. sudden pain, blueness of skin, coldness and numbness of a finger. Pulses are palpable
    • Examine for any signs of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, polyarteritis nodosa, Buerger's disease, polycythaemia, leukemia, polymyositis, dermatomyositis that may cause Raynaud's phenomenon
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count to look for signs of leukemia or polycythaemia which may cause Raynaud's phenomenon; anemia of chronic disease
    • ESR may be raised in lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, polyarteritis nodosa
    • Rheumatoid factor, ANA antibodies, ENA antibodies, dsDNA antibodies, antinuclear and anticentromere antibodies to diagnose possible causes of Raynaud's phenomenon
  • Radiological investigations
    • Arteriography can define the site and degree of arterial obstruction
  • Muscle and skin biopsies - can diagnose polymyositis and dermatomyositis.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Cold hands:

The following list of conditions have 'Cold hands' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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