Bizarre Skin Disease Reported by Kidney Patients


ATLANTA, Ga-Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reporting a rare skin disease in patients who have had kidney disease.

The disease causes patient's skin to thicken and tighten extremely, to the point where their mobility is restricted.

First found in a kidney transplant patient in California in 1997, some 49 cases have been reported in the US and Europe. The skin reportedly tightens so much it has confined patients to wheelchairs. The patients also have small bumps on their chests, hands, and feet.

Researchers are having a difficult time determining the cause of the disease because the patients are spread far apart and have occurred during a long period of time. However, some experts believe the problem may be caused by the malfunctioning kidney's inability to properly filter the blood.

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