Parathyroid gland

Topic Completed: 1 January 2013

Minor changes: 6 February 2019

Copyright: 2003-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Calciphylaxis[TI] parathyroid

Monika Roychowdhury, M.D.
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Cite this page: Roychowdhury M. Calciphylaxis. website. Accessed May 27th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Rare and life threatening condition of vascular calcification, first described in 1962, that causes ischemic damage to skin (usually lower extremity) and other organs (G Ital Nefrol 2012;29:674, Hum Pathol 1995;26:1055)
  • Also known as calcific uremic arteriopathy (CUA), calcifying panniculitis, vascular calcification-cutaneous necrosis syndrome
  • Affects 1 - 4% of dialysis patients; associated with primary, secondary or tertiary hyperparathyroidism
  • 60 - 80% mortality
  • Bilateral, symmetrical, superficial skin lesions with persistence of dorsal pulses; confirm with biopsy
Case reports
  • Parathyroidectomy
Clinical images

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Well demarcated
and gangrenous
lesion of right leg

Microscopic (histologic) images

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Subcutaneous tissue with calcification

Calcification in
medium sized
arteries in
subcutaneous fat

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