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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is calcinosis cutis?

Calcinosis cutis refers to calcium salts accumulating in the skin and beneath the skin. There are different types of this condition. Some common causes include trauma, inflammation, varicose veins, tumors, infections, connective tissue disease, hypercalcemia (increased calcium levels in the blood) or associated with systemic sclerosis.

Symptoms of calcinosis cutis

  • Red or yellow skin lumps

  • Lumps under the skin

Questions your doctor may ask to check for calcinosis cutis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose calcinosis cutis

  • Do you have yellow or red lumps/bumps on your skin?

  • Do you feel a lump/lumps under your skin?

Treatment for calcinosis cutis

Teatment targets the underlying cause of calcinosis cutis. In serious cases, surgical removal of the skin lesions may be indicated.

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