Other Names for this Disease
- Idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis
- Ormond's disease
- IgG4-related retroperitoneal fibrosis
- Ormond disease
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The cause of retroperitoneal fibrosis is unknown in many cases (idiopathic). Occasionally, it may occur with autoimmune disorders and some researchers suggest that the immune system may be involved. Some cases occur in association with other factors, including:
- Asbestos exposure
- Neoplasms (tumor)
- Use of certain drugs (including those that contain methysergide, a medication sometimes used to treat migraines)
Last updated: 6/21/2016
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