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.
Being exposed to gadolinium-containing contrast agents during MRI testing has been identified as a significant risk factor for development of this disease.
Last updated: 4/24/2013