Raynaud’s disease

  • A vascular disorder that affects blood flow to the extremities.
  • The disease affects the fingers, toes, nose and ears
  • Low blood flow to extremities results in skin discolouration and pain when exposed to temperature changes or stress.

Causes:

  • Pathologies (Diseases) that directly damage the arteries or damage the nerves that control the arteries in the hands and feet
  • Repetitive actions that have caused nerve damage to the affected area, this affects neural arterial control of the affected region
  • Exposure to certain chemicals that may cause neural and vasculature damage at the site
  • Medications that constrict the arteries or affect blood pressure

 

 

 

Chabner, Davi-Ellen. 2007. The Language of Medicine. 8th ed. Saunders Elsevier, Missouri

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