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Encyclopedia > Calcinosis cutis

Calcinosis cutis (or cutaneous calcification) is a type of calcinosis wherein calcium deposits form in the skin. A variety of factors can result in this condition. The most common source is dystrophic calcification, which occurs in soft tissue as a response to injury.


The specific manifestation of calcinosis cutis varies according to the original cause of the symptom. Sub-types include:

  • dystrophic calcinosis cutis
  • iatrogenic calcinosis cutis
  • idiopathic calcinosis cutis
  • metastatic calcinosis cutis
  • calcinosis cutis circumscripta
  • calcinosis cutis universalis

See also

External links

  • eMedicine article on calcinosis cutis (http://www.emedicine.com/DERM/topic66.htm)

  Results from FactBites:
NYU SoM - Dept. of Dermatology (779 words)
Dystrophic calcification is the most common form of calcinosis cutis and results from local tissue injury or from underlying abnormalities in the tissue.
Diffuse calcinosis cutis in a patient with congenital leukemia and leukemia cutis.
Calcinosis cutis as a complication of parenteral calcium gluconate therapy.
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