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Raynaud's phenomenon is an exaggerated vasospastic response to cold or emotional stress which not only may cause the patient severe pain but also critical ischaemia and necrosis of the digits. We report the case of a 69-year-old woman who presented with rest pain, impending ulceration and necrosis of finger tips due to an episode of left-sided Raynaud's phenomenon. Intravenous prostacyclin was administered successfully as a bridge to endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. Vascular surgery units are ideally positioned for the acute management of severe Raynaud's phenomenon to provide continuity of care to patients with profound digital ischaemia and impending tissue loss.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.ijscr.2011.02.001

Type

Journal article

Journal

Int J Surg Case Rep

Publication Date

2011

Volume

2

Pages

61 - 63

Keywords

Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy, Iloprost, Reynaud's phenomenon