What Is Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis?

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What is nephrogenic systemic fibrosis?

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Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis can lead to fibrosis of the skin and internal organs. If one gets nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, a large area of his skin will become thick and dark. The symptom is similar to some skin diseases, such as scleroderma or scleromyxedema, but they are different. Besides, the disease may also affect the lungs, the heart and kidneys.

Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis results from exposing to gadolinium used in imaging studies in patients with kidney failure. So, the disease often occurs in people with advanced kidney failure.

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