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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 86  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 461-462

Calciphylaxis in a renal transplant patient

Department of Dermatology, Hospital del Mar-Parc de Salut Mar, Barcelona, Spain

Date of Web Publication22-Oct-2019

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Dr. Alvaro March-Rodriguez
Department of Dermatology, Hospital del Mar, Passeig Marítim, 25-29, 08003 Barcelona
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijdvl.IJDVL_156_19

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How to cite this article:
March-Rodriguez A, Alcalá R, Pujol RM. Calciphylaxis in a renal transplant patient. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2020;86:461-2

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March-Rodriguez A, Alcalá R, Pujol RM. Calciphylaxis in a renal transplant patient. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 14];86:461-2. Available from:

A 72-year-old woman presented with a 3-month history of painful skin ulcers on both legs [Figure 1]. She had a history of renal transplant following polycystic kidney disease. Physical examination revealed extensive ulcers on pretibial areas surrounded by retiform purpura. Laboratory studies showed an impaired glomerular filtration rate (15 mL/min/1.73 m2). Serum calcium and phosphate levels were found to be normal but parathormone levels were elevated. Skin biopsy revealed calcification within the media of medium-sized arterioles in the dermis, that confirmed the diagnosis of calciphylaxis. After the diagnosis, the patient was put on hemodialysis and intravenous sodium thiosulfate, but died in a few weeks due to respiratory infection.
Figure 1: Close-up of extensive ulcer on left leg

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