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Non-uremic calciphylaxis in a woman without end-stage renal disease
  1. Meghan Hodson1,
  2. Gurleen Kaur1,
  3. George Lin2 and
  4. Andrew Coates3
  1. 1Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, USA
  2. 2Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY, USA
  3. 3Department of Internal Medicine, Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew Coates; CoatesA{at}


A woman in her 60s with a history of lower extremity vascular disease presented with extreme pain and wounds in her legs which had kept her from walking for several weeks. The patient’s pain became intolerable throughout her hospital stay despite multiple surgical revascularisations. Biopsy of the patient’s calf wounds revealed evidence of calciphylaxis, a diagnosis which corresponds with this patient’s extreme pain. Our patient had no history of end-stage renal disease.

  • dermatology
  • renal medicine

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  • Contributors MH and GK contributed to writing manuscript. Dr GL contributed dermatopathology microscopic images and text along with critical review of manuscript. Dr AC contributed to writing manuscript and critical review.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.