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Dr. David Wishnew
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Calciphylaxis (Definition)

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


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Is there a cure anywhere in the world for the disease called calciphylaxis?

Is there a cure anywhere in the world for the disease called calciphylaxis?

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 more

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What is calciphylaxis?

What is calciphylaxis?

Calcification: In calciphylaxis, calcium salts are deposited in large amounts in soft tissues, such as blood vessels, muscles and subcutaneous tissue. ...Read more

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How do you treat calciphylaxis?

How do you treat calciphylaxis?

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 more

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What symptoms suggest calciphylaxis?

What symptoms suggest calciphylaxis?

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 more

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Explain the problem of calciphylaxis?

Explain the problem of calciphylaxis?

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 more

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What are the tests that indicate calciphylaxis?

What are the tests that indicate calciphylaxis?

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. ...Read more

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Are there things I can do myself to treat calciphylaxis?

Are there things I can do myself to treat calciphylaxis?

No.: Calciphylaxis, which is almost always associated with advanced kidney disease, is a serious, potentially fatal problem, and needs to be treated by a physician. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what I did wrong to get calciphylaxis?

Can you please tell me what I did wrong to get calciphylaxis?

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 more

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A friend was just diagnosed with calciphylaxis, is that a serious condition?

A friend was just diagnosed with calciphylaxis, is that a serious condition?

Calciphylaxis: Calciphylaxis is a serious condition that is associated with kidney disease. You need to be followed closely by a physician. ...Read more

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Is calciphylaxis life threatening?

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 more

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Calciphylaxis on diabetic patient; is it related?

Calciphylaxis on diabetic patient; is it related?

Dialysis?: Most frequently associated. With chronic dialysis but can occur with renal failure including diabetic as well as other causes of abnormal calcium metabolism including abnormal parathyroid gland function. ...Read more

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Does hyperbaric oxygen help with calciphylaxis?

Unknown for sure: There have been "reports" of success with hyperbaric oxygen (hbot) but no scientific studies have been published to back this up. Sometimes we have to ask "did the wound heal because of the treatment or despite the treatment! " you need to work together with a wound specialist and a nephrologist on this one. ...Read more

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Calciphylaxis with end stage renal disease, what is the mortality rate without my brother getting septic wounds?

Calciphylaxis with end stage renal disease, what is the mortality rate without my brother getting septic wounds?

Variable: Calciphylaxis is due to very high phosphorus in end stage kidney disease patients who are receiving dialysis. Mortality depending on overall health. There are some specific treatments. ...Read more

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My mother has a kidney problem. Now she says her doctor told her weeks ago she has calciphylaxis. What will that do to her?

My mother has a kidney problem. Now she says her doctor told her weeks ago she has calciphylaxis. What will that do to her?

? biopsy: Make sure diagnosis is really confirmed. Calciphylaxis is a serious disorder that causes calcium deposition in vessels that can occur throughout the body and can cause skin lesions that become painful ischemic/necrotic ulcers; it can cause death. Calciphylaxis typically occurs in people with end stage renal disease on dialysis, recent kidney transplant patients and primary hyperparathryoidism. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for calciphylaxis nephrogenic fibrosis dermatopathy for chronic kidney disease patients. The inflamation on both legs r unbearab

The 2 are different: Calcipylaxis is probably what you are referring to. Vpainful dark leg lesions that later ulcerate and actually may heal in my experience over months. The problem is its incapacitating pain and infection development that make mobility not possible. Most pts request to quit dialysis. May use local Lidocaine 2% gel on it to kill pain. Of 14 pts I have seen, 2 healed in 3 months both on 500 mgcipro/day. ...Read more

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Hw to cure meinere s disease?

Hw to cure meinere s disease?

Take meclizine: Meclizine is a prescription drug you can get from your doctor. It will reduce the vertigo. ...Read more