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Updated: September 19, 2006

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Acrocyanosis is an uncommon condition characterized by persistent, painless and symmetric coolness, cyanosis and violaceous discoloration of the hands and feet. The nose, ears, lips, and nipples are also often affected.



It is a form of local sensitivity to cold and is frequently seen in mentally or emotionally disturbed people or in those with neurocirculatory asthenia.


The disorder usually occurs in women.


It is most common in those in their 20s, and usually improves with age.

Race and ethnicity

It can occur in people of any race or ethnicity.


More prevalent in cold climates and in cold season.

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