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Raynaud’s Phenomenon and Sjögren’s Syndrome

  • Fredrick M. Wigley
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Abstract

In 1862, Maurice Raynaud published his medical school thesis in which he argued that some people have transient digital ischemia when exposed to cold temperatures. It is now recognized that skin blood flow in humans provides an important mechanism for normal thermoregulation. In fact, a normal response to cold exposure is vasoconstriction of the cutaneous blood vessels, leading to a decrease in heat loss from the body and protection against hypothermia [1].

Keywords

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Cold Exposure Digital Ulcer Digital Ischemia Cutaneous Blood Vessel 
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  • Fredrick M. Wigley
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  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of RheumatologyJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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