Sadly, it is common for individuals with Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) to have undergone a vascular surgical procedure – such as an AV fistula revision – prior to the onset of their condition.
Free NSF Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has developed Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) after undergoing a fistula procedure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What is Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis?
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) is a condition that, to date, has occurred only in people with kidney disease. It is a systemic disorder with its most prominent and visible effects in the skin. NSF affects males and females in approximately equal numbers.
Some degree of kidney disease appears to be a common denominator in NSF. Neither the duration of kidney disease nor its underlying cause are related to the development of NSF. Some patients with NSF develop skin tightening in the earliest stages of kidney disease, and others may have had kidney disease for years. No specific form of dialysis has been linked to NSF, although most patients with NSF do undergo dialysis procedures. Some patients who have never been dialyzed have developed NSF.
NSF & Fistula Revision Procedures
Besides kidney disease, medical conditions that may be associated with NSF include hypercoagulation abnormalities and deep venous thrombosis, recent surgery (particularly vascular surgery), recent failure of a transplanted kidney, and sudden onset kidney disease with severe swelling of the extremities. It is very common for the NSF patient to have undergone a vascular surgical procedure – such as the revision of an AV fistula -approximately two weeks prior to the onset of the skin changes.
Some patients with NSF (estimated at 5% or less) have an exceedingly rapid disease course that may result in death. NSF, by itself, is not a cause of death, but may contribute to death by restricting effective ventilation, or by restricting mobility to the point of causing an accidental fall that may be further exacerbated by fractures and clotting complications.
Do I have a Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis Lawsuit?
The Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.