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Is Calciphylaxis Life Threatening
Yes: Calciphylaxis is, in a way, hardening of the arterioles (very small arteries) that supply blood to the skin. The arterioles are clogged, and blood does not pass, resulting in the death of the skin supplied. It is rare, occurring primarily in people with end stage renal disease (eg on dialysis) or rarely people with hyperparathyroidism (overactive parathyroid glands). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Calciphylaxis is a condition in which a person (usually somebody with kidney failure) has calcium build-up in small blood vessels of the skin. Calciphylaxis causes painful skin ulcers by clogging off small vessels with calcium, leading to death of affected areas of skin, which ...Read more
Calciphylaxis: There are two components: first, your renal doctor will need to look into correctable biochemical abnormalities to see if there is something to be corrected like calcium, phosphate, and parathyroid hormone levels; second, the wounds will need careful treatment in a wound center by a physician that is willing to work with you over long term. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Calciphylaxis: An electrolyte disturbance noted at dialysis with peturbation in calcium and phosphate may indicate incipient problems. However, clinically, calciphylaxis is marked by irregular patches of dark purple/black eschars on the skin. These patches are tender. Additionally, the superficial veins may be dark (indicating thrombus inside the vessel). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Calciphylaxis: Calciphylaxis is a syndrome of vascular calcification, thrombosis and skin necrosis. It is seen almost exclusively in patients with stage 5 chronic kidney disease. It results in chronic non-healing wounds and is usually fatal. Calciphylaxis is a rare but serious disease. See more at: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/calciphylaxis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No cure, can treat: Calciphylaxis occurs in long term kidney failure as the name suggests it involves abnormal calcium and phosphorus metabolism . The associated wounds were once considered unhealable but that doesn't have to be the case. A good wound specialist using very cautious and gentle wound techniques can treat this type of wound. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Calciphylaxis: For goodness sake, you did not do anything wrong. We have no idea why some patients develop this syndrome and others not given similar parameters. Just concentrate on working with the renal physician in doing a workup to see if there are correctable chemical abnormalities; and a specialist in wound care that is familiar with calciphylaxis patients (this may require some investigation). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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