Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences

: 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 279--280

Ulcerated calcinosis cutis

Ganesh Singh Dharmshaktu1, Tanuja Pangtey2,  
1 Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Pathology, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India

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Ganesh Singh Dharmshaktu
Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani - 263 139, Uttarakhand


Calcinosis cutis is an uncommon disorder resulting in the deposition of calcium salts underneath the skin and subcutaneous tissues. Asymptomatic, giant lesion is a rare finding and rarer if present bilaterally over iliac bones. Frictional ulceration may at times be presenting feature of a chronic lesion that requires excisional biopsy.

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A 79-year-old woman presented to us with a wound over her right iliac region for the past 4 weeks. There was a fungating growth such as clinical picture with cheesy discharge and hard whitish granules of varying sizes within the wound [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b. The wound was present over the skin of the right iliac blades, and there was another similar lesion at identical contralateral side. The left side lesion was asymptomatic as well-defined bony hard swelling almost oval with normal overlying skin [Figure 1]c and [Figure 1]d. There was no increased temperature and tenderness at the left side, and both the swellings were present for the past 40 years. Both growths were asymptomatic till one of it (the right side) got an ulcerated wound with discharging whitish material probably due to frictional injury. There was no history of any comorbidity or prolong treatment with unremarkable blood and urine investigations including calcium, phosphorus, proteins, and renal function. She was managed by excision and histopathology confirmed calcinosis cutis [Figure 1]c. The wound healing was uneventful, and there was no recurrence for following 2 years.{Figure 1}

Calcinosis cutis results from the deposition of calcium salts under the skin and subcutaneous tissues. Four types of the lesion metastatic, dystrophic, iatrogenic, and idiopathic are described. Idiopathic ones have no known features or disorders related to abnormal metabolism of calcium.[1] The growth may occasionally discharge calcium salts, thus supporting the diagnosis.[2] While the exact pathogenesis is unclear, various disorders are associated such as autoimmune connective tissue diseases including systemic sclerosis and dermatomyositis among others.[3] Hand, fingers, and feet are the most common sites to be involved. As our patient has long-standing asymptomatic lesions and was only here due to ulceration of one, she refused additional workup for associated conditions and also refused excision of contralateral lesion. Various medical therapies including calcium channel blockers, warfarin, bisphosphonates, immunoglobulin, and biologicals have been described with respective pros and cons. Surgery remains mainstay in localized and large problematic lesions.[4] The unique bilaterally symmetrical presentation at uncommon sites in our case is rare and highlights cautious and preventive approach to avoid potential complication of ulceration. Relevant investigations to rule out key-associated disorders are desirable for comprehensive diagnosis of this enigmatic condition.

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