Difference between revisions of "Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis"

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*Eosinophilic fasciitis
*Eosinophilic fasciitis
*No particular lab or imaging diagnostics
*No particular lab or imaging diagnostics
*Deep skin biopsy, including dermis, subQ fat, fascia
*Deep skin biopsy, including dermis, subQ fat, fascia

Revision as of 06:23, 24 September 2016


  • Gadolinium exposure (MRI with contrast) to patients with renal insufficiency (HD, PD, transplant)
  • Poorly understood pathogenesis
  • Chronic, progressive condition with rare cases of resolution in cases of return of renal function
  • Rare but serious scleroderma-like condition associated with gadolinium (MRI contrast) exposure in patients with renal impairment
  • Risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) with any renal impairment, acute or chronic, does not have to have ESRD

Associated Illnesses

Clinical Features

  • History of HD, PD, renal transplant
  • Gadolinium exposure, with timeline of symptom onset variable
  • Tightened, thickened, shiny skin
  • Peau d'orange appearance
  • Hand stiffening
  • Flexion contractures, severe mobility issues
  • Extremities more commonly affected than trunk
  • Face is almost never involved

  • Develops days to years after gadolinium exposure
  • Chronic, progressive
  • Skin becomes tight, thick, shiny, and indurated skin, with fibrotic nodules and plaques and brawny hyperpigmentation
    • Painful, pruritic
    • Extremities most commonly affected, followed by trunk. Face rarely involved
  • Flexion contractures when lesions overlie joints, limited range of motion
  • Neuromuscular involvement can occur
  • In most severe cases, fibrosis involves internal organs (heart, lungs, liver)

Differential Diagnosis


  • No particular lab or imaging diagnostics
  • Deep skin biopsy, including dermis, subQ fat, fascia


  • No specific management, supportive care
  • Treatments anecdotal and of minimal benefit
    • Extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP)
    • UV phototherapy
    • Immunotherapy
  • No surgical role except renal transplant


  • Discharge (Does not inherently require inpatient care)
  • Follow up with dermatologist for deep skin bx
  • Follow up with nephrologist for renal disease management

See Also

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