Prognosis for Raynaud's Disease

Once primary or secondary Raynaud's develops, the condition usually must be managed over the course of the patient's lifetime. Although Raynaud's attacks can be stressful, it is important to remain patient, follow your doctor's instructions, and be open to other therapies if necessary.

Patients who have secondary Raynaud's may have an especially difficult time. Treatment options often require adjustments because medications can become ineffective over time and the attacks can occur with more frequency and severity.

Raynaud's Disease Research

Researchers are studying possible causes for primary Raynaud's. Ongoing studies are focused on genetic links and on the role that a protein called tyrosine kinase (PTK; an enzyme involved in constricting blood vessels) may play in development of the condition.

A number of new treatment options also are being studied. These treatments include using botulinum toxin injection therapy (BOTOX therapy), Viagra, and herbal therapies (e.g., ginkgo biloba, St. John's wort) to treat Raynaud's disease.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 02 Nov 2008

Last Modified: 02 Oct 2015