A physician usually diagnoses Raynaud's based on the patient's description of symptoms.
If other symptoms also are present, blood tests and other procedures may be done to check for other diseases.
More testing also is needed if symptoms are not typical, such as:
These atypical symptoms would be unusual for Raynaud's. They could indicate another problem with circulation.
Careful examination of the nail beds (the skin near the fingernail farthest from the fingertip) may show changes in the blood vessels. These changes may suggest an underlying rheumatic condition such as scleroderma.
Page 3 of 9 Next Page: Raynaud's Phenomenon Expected Duration
From Health A-Z, Harvard Health Publications. Copyright 2007 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. All rights reserved. Written permission is required to reproduce, in any manner, in whole or in part, the material contained herein. To make a reprint request, contact Harvard Health Publications. Used with permission of StayWell.
You can find more great health information on the Harvard Health Publications website.