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Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

Other Names for this Disease
  • Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy
  • NFD
  • NSF
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Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis is a condition that affects different parts of the body, particularly the skin. Symptoms of the condition may include progressive swelling and tightening of the skin, sometimes resulting in contractures, and pruritis (itching).  The skin findings are similar to those seen in patients with scleroderma.  Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis was first described in 1997.[1] Being exposed to gadolinium-containing contrast agents during MRI testing has been identified as a significant risk factor for development of this disease.[2]
Last updated: 4/24/2013


  1. Sweeney S, Cropley TG. Cutaneous Changes in Renal Disorders. In: Freedberg IM, Eisen AZ, Wolff K, Austen KF, Goldsmith LA, Katz SI, eds. Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. Vol 2. 6th ed. United States: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.; 2003: 1623..
  2. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Accessed 4/24/2013.
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Basic Information

  • The International Scleroderma Network (ISN) provides information on nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy since the skin symptoms of NFD are scleroderma-like.  Click on the ISN link to view the information.

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