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Raynaud's phenomenon

Raynaud's phenomenon

Overview

Raynaud's phenomenon is characterized by fingers becoming white due to lack of blood flow, then blue due to oxygen consumption, and finally red as blood flow returns.

Review Date 1/16/2016

Updated by: Gordon A. Starkebaum, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.