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Calcinosis is the formation of calcium deposits in any soft tissue. It is a rare condition that has many different causes. These range from infection and injury to systemic diseases like kidney failure.


Dystrophic calcification[edit]

The most common type of calcinosis is dystrophic calcification. This type of calcification can occur as a response to any soft tissue damage, including that involved in implantation of medical devices.

Metastatic calcification[edit]

Metastatic calcification involves a systemic calcium excess imbalance, which can be caused by hypercalcemia, kidney failure, milk-alkali syndrome, lack or excess of other minerals, or other causes.

Tumoral calcinosis[edit]

The cause of the rare condition of tumoral calcinosis is not entirely understood. It is generally characterized by large, globular calcifications near joints.

See also[edit]

  • Calcinosis cutis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Fahr's syndrome
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperphosphatemia
  • Primrose syndrome
  • Scleroderma


External links[edit]

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