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What is the difference between primary and secondary raynaud's syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on the cause

When a patient has raynaud's phenomenon (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".

In brief: Depends on the cause

When a patient has raynaud's phenomenon (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".
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Richard Sanders
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Primary has no cause

Primary raynaud's has no known cause, just symptoms.
Secondary raynaud's is symptoms that are a part of another diagnosis such as thoracic outlet syndrome.

In brief: Primary has no cause

Primary raynaud's has no known cause, just symptoms.
Secondary raynaud's is symptoms that are a part of another diagnosis such as thoracic outlet syndrome.
Dr. Richard Sanders
Dr. Richard Sanders
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