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Case Reports in Nephrology
Volume 2012, Article ID 865193, 3 pages
Case Report

The Challenges of Dialysis in Systemic Sclerosis: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea?

1Renal Unit, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Central Manchester Foundation Trust, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL, UK
2Arthritis Research Unit, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK

Received 9 July 2012; Accepted 26 August 2012

Academic Editors: S. Kavukcu, K. C. Siamopoulos, and W. Sulowicz

Copyright © 2012 N. Brown et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We present the case of a patient with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and end stage renal disease (ESRD) who experienced complications of both peritoneal and haemodialysis. We review previously reported outcomes of patients with systemic sclerosis on dialysis and discuss potential shared mechanisms in both the disease pathogenesis and dialysis-related complications, particularly with regards to encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS).