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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 344-348
Multiple sites of calciphylaxis in a patient with chronic renal failure

1 Department of Medicine, Olive-View UCLA Medical Center; Division of Nephrology, David Geffen School of Medicine, Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2 Division of Nephrology, David Geffen School of Medicine, Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA
3 Department of Medicine, Olive-View UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Dr. Ramy Magdy Hanna
Department of Medicine, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Sylmar, CA 91342
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-2442.152506

PMID: 25758887

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Calciphylaxis has seldom been reported in patients with acute renal failure or in pre-dialysis patients. It also has been reported at lower calcium phosphorous products and in patients with adynamic bone disease. We report a pre-hemodialysis (HD) patient with acute renal failure and biopsy-proven calciphylaxis involving multiple cutaneous sites with calcification of the perineal area resulting in dry gangrene of the penis that necessitated a partial penectomy. The patient had elevated serum calcium, phosphorous and parathyroid hormone level of 612 pg/mL. The same patient suffered subsequently from a calcium embolus that occluded his left ophthalmic artery and resulted in left eye blindness. Calciphylaxis is a devastating phenomenon and physicians should have a high clinical suspicion for it in HD patients as well as in patients with late stages of chronic kidney disease.

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