Clinical Rheumatology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 70–73 | Cite as

Elevated anticardiolipin antibodies in a patient with vibration-white-finger, valvular heart disease and psoriatic arthritis

  • N. J. McHugh
  • D. M. Elvins
  • E. F. J. Ring
Case Report


We describe a case of irreversible severe vibration-white-finger (VWF) occurring in a male who used a compression-hammer daily at work for a 20-year period. Infra-red thermography following either a cold provocation or a vibratory stress was a sensitive objective method of documenting the condition. Persistent elevation of IgG anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL) was found in his serum and may be a marker of endothelial damage associated with either VWF or the patient's coincidental valvular heart disease.

Key words

Raynaud's Phenomenon Vibration-White-Finger Antiphospholipid Antibody Thermography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. J. McHugh
    • 1
  • D. M. Elvins
    • 1
  • E. F. J. Ring
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Upper Borough WallsBathEngland

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