BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-007793

Iatrogenic calcinosis cutis in a neonate

  1. James Daniel
  1. Department of Pediatrics, Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Elizabeth Varkey Cherian, elizabeth.v.cherian{at}


Calcification of soft tissues occur, secondary to trauma sustained in the course of neonatal intensive care. They can present with swelling and inflammatory signs, which mimic serious infections of bone, joints and soft tissues. The etiology of the presenting inflammatory response is often unknown and the clinical picture is variable. Hence babies get subjected to more invasive procedures and medications. Recognition is by awareness and radiography the key to diagnosis. Masterly inactivity and vigilance during followup is suggested.

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