Nephrogenic systemic Fibrosis (NSF), formerly known as nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NFD), is a condition that generally affects those with kidney disease. It is characterized by fibrous tissues that develop within the connective tissues of the eyes, organs, joints and skin. In this article we will discuss the signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors and treatments for NSF.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with NSF after taking gadolinium, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis Signs & Symptoms
Signs and symptoms commonly associated with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis include:
- Burning sensation on the skin
- Itchy skin
- Hardened, darkened, or shiny skin
- Tight skin that is sensitive to the touch
- Lack of joint flexibility
- Joint pain
- Impaired movement
- Loss of muscle strength
- Yellowing of the eyes
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis Causes
While doctors agree that the exact cause of this disease remains unknown, they do agree that exposure to MRI contrast dyes that contain the active ingredient gadolinium may increase the risk of developing NSF. When patients diagnosed with kidney disease receive an MRI, they are given contrast dyes to assist the machine. However, these dyes contain gadolinium, a metallic element known to be toxic and has been linked to nephrogenic systemic fibrosis.
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis Risk Factors
Those who have been diagnosed with kidney disease have an increased risk in developing NSF because of contrast dyes used in MRI testing. These contrast dyes contain gadolinium, a known toxic element that has been linked to the development of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis.
Of all treatments, extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) seems to provide the best, albeit mild and extremely expensive, treatment modality for nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. However, some medications have shown a benefit to those who have used them. In extreme cases, surgery has been used in kidney transplants, but is unnecessary in the specific treatment of NSF.
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Do I have a NSF Lawsuit?
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