Nailfold Capillaroscopy: An Important Clinical Tool for the Vascular Surgeon
- *Corresponding Author:
- Tracy M Frech
University of Utah Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Rheumatology and Salt Lake City
Veterans Affair Medical Center, USA
Tel: 801 581 4333
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 22, 2014; Accepted Date: August 20, 2014; Published Date: August 22, 2014
Citation: Frech TM, Breviu B, Zhu JT, Saketkoo L (2014) Nailfold Capillaroscopy: An Important Clinical Tool for the Vascular Surgeon. J Vasc Med Surg 2:152. doi: 10.4172/2329-6925.1000152
Copyright: © 2014 Frech TM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Purpose of review: Nailfold capillary microscopy or capillaroscopy is an established clinical exam procedure for dermatologists and rheumatologists. It is essential in the examination of patients with Raynaud’s phenomenon.
Findings: A history of Raynaud’s phenomenon is an important symptom for vascular surgeons to elicit from patients presenting with digital ulcerations. If a history of Raynaud’s phenomenon is present then Nailfold capillaroscopy is an essential clinical exam skill to perform.
Summary: In this review, the applicability of capillaroscopy for personalized medicine to direct cost effective laboratory screening for vascular surgeons assessing patients with Raynaud’s phenomenon is discussed.