Calciphylaxis: A cause of necrotic ulcers in renal failure

Amer N. Kalaaji, Margaret C. Douglass, Marsha Chaffins, Lori Lowe

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Abstract

Background: Calciphylaxis is a rare and life-threatening condition occurring in patients with end-stage renal disease on dialysis. The diagnosis is frequently delayed or missed and therapy is often unsuccessful. Objective: The clinical and pathological components of calciphylaxis are emphasized in a patient that may facilitate early diagnosis and initiation of therapy. Results: Early recognition of the clinical signs and symptoms of calciphylaxis is crucial. The tissue diagnosis requires large elliptical biopsies because histological findings are segmental and often missed. Conclusion: Early diagnosis and intervention in calciphylaxis is critical. Parathyroidectomy should be considered in all cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-244
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Volume2
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Calciphylaxis
Ulcer
Renal Insufficiency
Early Diagnosis
Parathyroidectomy
Signs and Symptoms
Chronic Kidney Failure
Dialysis
Biopsy
Therapeutics

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  • Dermatology
  • Surgery

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Kalaaji, A. N., Douglass, M. C., Chaffins, M., & Lowe, L. (1998). Calciphylaxis: A cause of necrotic ulcers in renal failure. Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, 2(4), 242-244.

Calciphylaxis : A cause of necrotic ulcers in renal failure. / Kalaaji, Amer N.; Douglass, Margaret C.; Chaffins, Marsha; Lowe, Lori.

In: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, Vol. 2, No. 4, 04.1998, p. 242-244.

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Kalaaji, AN, Douglass, MC, Chaffins, M & Lowe, L 1998, 'Calciphylaxis: A cause of necrotic ulcers in renal failure', Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 242-244.
Kalaaji AN, Douglass MC, Chaffins M, Lowe L. Calciphylaxis: A cause of necrotic ulcers in renal failure. Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. 1998 Apr;2(4):242-244.
Kalaaji, Amer N. ; Douglass, Margaret C. ; Chaffins, Marsha ; Lowe, Lori. / Calciphylaxis : A cause of necrotic ulcers in renal failure. In: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. 1998 ; Vol. 2, No. 4. pp. 242-244.
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