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What are the tests that indicate calciphylaxis?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Calciphylaxis: The cause of calciphylaxis remains unknown. It is the result of a multiple factors . These include chronic renal failure, obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypercalcemia, hyperphosphatemia, an elevated calcium-phosphate chemical ratio and hyperparathyroidism. It almost exclusively occurs in stage v renal failure patients, yet it is a very rare condition.
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 years experience
Calciphylaxis: A high index of suspicion and a biopsy of the involved area will make the diagnosis.
Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care 42 years experience
Calciphylaxis: There are no lab tests that indicate calciphylaxis...It is a clinical diagnosis. Your doctor can take a small sample of the dark tissue and send it to pathologist, who can determine if there is calcium deposition in the skin and soft tissues.
Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 36 years experience
Tests include: Checking for elevated calcium and phosphorus, parathyroid hormone (it controls them) x-ray of legs may show calcified blood vessels.

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