Osteoporosis International

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 517–518 | Cite as

Worsening of soft tissue dystrophic calcification in an osteoporotic patient treated with teriparatide

  • T. D. HtetEmail author
  • J. A. Eisman
  • G. J. Elder
  • J. R. Center
Case Report


Teriparatide, used for treatment of osteoporosis in patients at high risk of fracture risk, sometimes results in mild and transient hypercalcemia. There have been two recent reports of worsening dystrophic calcification in patients with autoimmune disorders following teriparatide treatment. We report a patient with severe osteoporosis and without a pre-existing autoimmune disorder, who developed symptomatic worsening of dystrophic calcification 4 months after teriparatide was initiated. Symptoms resolved within 1 week of teriparatide cessation.


Dystrophic calcification Osteoporosis Teriparatide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. D. Htet
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • J. A. Eisman
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • G. J. Elder
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  • J. R. Center
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EndocrinologySt Vincent’s HospitalSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Osteoporosis and Bone Biology DivisionGarvan Institute of Medical ResearchSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Renal MedicineWestmead HospitalSydneyAustralia

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