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Eur J Radiol. 2008 May;66(2):191-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2008.01.016. Epub 2008 Mar 5.

Clinical and histological findings in nephrogenic systemic fibrosis.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520-8059, USA.


Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a relative newcomer to the world of medicine. NSF was introduced just over 10 years ago as nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy, but with further investigation, its systemic nature was determined. The strict adherence to a definition requiring both clinical and pathological concordance has allowed for careful separation of this entity from other fibrosing disorders, leading eventually to the realization that gadolinium-based contrast agents were closely associated with its onset. As planned prospective studies get underway, it is of paramount importance that researchers and clinicians realize that NSF remains a very challenging diagnosis, and that both clinical and histopathological criteria must be employed to reach the most accurate diagnosis possible.

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