It was not until years later, when a second diagnosis occurred, that doctors realized they had a rare and potentially fatal form of the disease.
The second diagnosis was in 2016, and the doctors had to perform tests.
The disease had spread through the body, but was not life threatening, the doctors said.
“Raynaud has not been seen in patients for more than five years,” Dr. John Kappas, who led the team, told reporters.
“It is a very rare and difficult disease.”
“The new findings suggest that the original diagnosis may have been wrong and that the disease may now be progressing,” Dr Kappa said.
“There is a lot of work to be done to understand the disease better, and we are still working to understand it in greater detail.”
Dr. David O’Brien, director of the Center for the Study of the Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Diseases at University College London, said it was a “very good news” to see the progression of Rayneds disease in a second case.
“It is important to remember that it is rare that a second condition develops in the same patient and the risk is low,” Dr O’Briens said.
In fact, in the US, there were a total of five new cases of Rayner’s disease in 2017, compared to just one new case in 2016.
“This is very good news,” Dr Gisela Dabney, director-general of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer, told Reuters.
“RaynaUD is very rare, but it does happen.
It can be quite devastating.”
It’s also possible that the virus may be the cause of the new cases, Dr Obrey said.
“We’re definitely not sure,” he said.