Nephrology Book


Gadolinium-Associated Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

Aka: Gadolinium-Associated Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis, Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy, Scleromyxedema-like Cutaneous Disease
  1. See Also
    1. Intravenous Contrast Related Acute Renal Failure
    2. Prevention of Kidney Disease Progression
    3. Chronic Kidney Disease
    4. Acute Kidney Injury
  2. Epidemiology
    1. Incidence:
      1. Rare, overall Incidence
      2. Severe Renal Failure and exposure to gadalinium: 4%
  3. Pathophysiology
    1. Triad of Gadolinium exposure, Renal disease, and Proinflammatory state
  4. Risk Factors
    1. Gadolinium Exposure
      1. Gadodiamide (Omniscan)
      2. Gadopentetate dimeglumine (Magnevist)
      3. Gadoversetamide (Optimark)
    2. Renal dysfunction (Stage 4-5)
      1. Severe renal dysfuntion (GFR<30 ml/min)
      2. Hemodialysis or Peritoneal Dialysis
      3. Acute Renal Failure
    3. Proinflammatory state
      1. Recent major surgery
      2. Thrombosis history
      3. Malignancy
      4. High dose Erythropoietin
  5. Prevention
    1. Avoid gadolinium-based Contrast Material when GFR <30 ml/min or Hepatorenal-mediated Acute Renal Failure
  6. Course
    1. Onset within 2-3 months of gadolinium exposure (median 11 days)
  7. Symptoms
    1. Pruritic rash involving symmetric extremities and trunk
  8. Signs
    1. Erythematous Plaques with induration and swelling symmetrically distributed on extremities and trunk
    2. Peau d'orange appearance
  9. Diagnosis
    1. Skin biopsy of lesion (include depth to subcutaneous fat or fascia)
      1. CD34 spindle-shaped fibrocytes with thickened Collagen bundles
  10. Complications
    1. Debilitating joint contractures
    2. Multi-system fibrosis and resulting multi-system organ failure
    3. Respiratory Failure (due to diaphragmatic involvement)
  11. Prognosis
    1. Mortality: 31%
  12. References
    1. Cowper (2003) Curr Opin Rheumatol 15(6): 785-90 [PubMed]
    2. Sadowski (2007) Radiology 243(1): 148-57 [PubMed]
    3. Schlaudecker (2009) Am Fam Physician 80(7): 711-4 [PubMed]

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