A 21-year-old member asked:
Ive heard lots of different names for raynauds disease, phenomenon, syndrome are they all the same?
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Pediatrics 33 years experience
Related & different: When a patient has raynaud's phenomenon (the symptom of vasospasm leading to poor circulation in the fingers and toes), his doctors will look for the common causes such as autoimmune disorders, drug side effects, hormonal imbalances, etc... If no medical condition is found that is causing the symptoms, then the disorder is called "primary". If a condition is found, then the disorder is "secondary".
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Rheumatology 20 years experience
Yes: Most doctors use these terms interchangeably.
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Last updated Jan 26, 2018
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