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Calcific uraemic arteriolopathy
  1. Molly B Disbrow1,
  2. Ibrahim Qaqish2,
  3. Mark Kransdorf3,
  4. Harini A Chakkera2
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  2. 2Department of Nephrology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  3. 3Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Harini A Chakkera, chakkera.harini{at}


A 37-year-old African-American woman with end-stage renal disease presumed to be secondary to diabetes mellitus type 2, on daily peritoneal dialysis, was admitted for a painful left lower extremity lesion. Examination revealed a large, dusky, tender region over the left lateral thigh. She was on warfarin for mechanical heart valves. Despite discontinuation of warfarin and placement on heparin, the lesion progressed to extend to the medial left thigh and medial and lateral right thigh. CT scan demonstrated arteriolar medial calcification and vascular calcification of the small subcutaneous vessels, without evidence of abscess or haematoma. The patient declined punch biopsy. Given the known risk factors of high calcium-phosphate and radiological findings, a diagnosis of calcific uraemic arteriolopathy was made. Phosphate-binder therapy was optimised. She was transitioned to daily haemodialysis, and sodium thiosulfate was initiated. Skin lesions demonstrated improvement at her 5 weeks posthospitalisation follow-up.

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