Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) is a condition that creates excessive tissue in the skin and internal organs. This leads to a build-up of thick and hard skin that severely restricts movement and bending of joints. In severely affected patients, NSF may restrict walking and confine patients to a wheelchair. Although NSF is not fatal, it can significantly contribute to death by restricting breathing and mobility. The development of NSF is common in patients with pre-existing kidney problems and renal failure.

Patients with NSF may experience:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle weakness
  • Jaundice (yellow spots in the white of the eye)
  • Deep pain in the hips and ribs

Reports find a causal connection between NSF and the use of gadolinium based contrast agents in MRIs in patients who are experiencing renal failure.

If you or a loved developed NSF after being given an MRI, please contact one of our Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis attorneys today for a confidential and free case evaluation. An experienced attorney is available to assess your legal rights.

   

Published November 17, 2011 by