Tumoral Calcinosis

  • Mario Campanacci


Idiopathic tumoral calcinosis (fig. 99-2, 99-3) consists of massive calcium deposits occurring in the pararticular soft tissues of normocalcemic, otherwise healthy young individuals. This rare disease is pathologically identical to the more common soft tissue calcifications (secondary tumoral calcinosis: fig. 99-4, 99-5), seen when the calcium/phosphorus product increases in the serum, such as in chronic renal insufficiency and prolonged hemodyalisis (see secondary hyperparathyroidism, pag. 877). Soft tissue calcifications, mainly involving the skin and subcutis, and the hands, are also seen in scleroderma, dermatomyositis, Raynaud’s disease (calcinosis universalis, calcinosis circumscripta). In this paragraph, we will only refer to idiopathic tumoral calcinosis.


Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Soft Tissue Tumor Chronic Renal Insufficiency Chronic Inflammatory Cell Soft Tissue Calcification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Campanacci
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BolognaItaly
  2. 2.Rizzoli Orthopaedic InstituteBolognaItaly

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