Virchows Archiv

, Volume 449, Issue 3, pp 389–391 | Cite as

Nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy with involvement of the dura mater

  • Adam Saenz
  • Rajni Mandal
  • Richard Kradin
  • E. Tessa Hedley-Whyte
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NFD) is a recently recognized cutaneous disorder that occurs in patients with end-stage renal disease, but which can also present with systemic involvement [1, 2]. Extracutaneous manifestations of this disease have been reported to involve the subcutaneous tissue, fascia, striated muscle, lungs, and myocardium [3]. Recently, we examined a case of a 71-year-old man with NFD and diffuse calcification of the dura mater of the brain and spinal cord.

The patient's medical history included diet-controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, end-stage renal disease, peripheral vascular disease, atherosclerotic heart disease with anteroseptal myocardial infarction and coronary stenting in August 2005, and a seizure disorder of unknown etiology. He developed rapidly progressing NFD leading to marked flexion contractures of his extremities and debilitating pain. A CT scan of the head revealed prominent dural calcification of the interhemispheric...


Thalidomide Dura Mater Diffuse Calcification Atherosclerotic Heart Disease Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam Saenz
    • 1
  • Rajni Mandal
    • 1
  • Richard Kradin
    • 1
  • E. Tessa Hedley-Whyte
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of PathologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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