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Those who have possible Raynaud's can be referred to the Microvascular Measurement Service based at the Freeman Hospital The Freeman Hospital is an 800-bed tertiary referral centre in Newcastle, England.

The hospital is run by the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Trust and is a teaching hospital for the University of Newcastle upon Tyne medical school.
 for highly specialist tests.

The service is provided by the Regional Medical Physics Department and is led by Dr John Allen, a Clinical Scientist and specialist in microcirculation microcirculation /mi·cro·cir·cu·la·tion/ (-sir?ku-la´shun) the flow of blood through the fine vessels (arterioles, capillaries, and venules).microcirculato´ry

mi·cro·cir·cu·la·tion
n.
.

The department is one of only a handful in the UK to offer such advanced investigations.

Patients are assessed in a special temperature and humidity controlled facility using a range of tests that can help to diagnose if they have an underlying condition such as scleroderma scleroderma
 or progressive systemic sclerosis

Chronic disease that hardens the skin and fixes it to underlying structures. Swelling and collagen buildup lead to loss of elasticity. The cause is unknown.
.

Although there is no complete cure, with the proper treatment and care people with the condition can lead full lives.

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CIRCULATION - The effect of Raynaud's on the hands; COLD SPOTS - A thermal image of the sufferer's circulation
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2009
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