Calcinosis circumscripta is a disorder of calcium metabolism marked by partial calcium deposition that has a cystic structure and contains calcium phosphate or calcium carbonate. It is also known as tumoral calcinosis, apocrine cystic calcinosis and calcium gout. The condition is characterized by the formation of nodules (small lumps) on pressure points, over bony prominences, in the tongue, spine, salivary glands, aorta, and on the foot pads. The nodules occur as round, non-painful masses which, when cut open, discharge a chalk-like substance. On footpads, they can cause progressive lameness. The disease is classified into 3 groups: dystrophic, idiopathic, and metastatic. Idiopathic calcinosis is commonly seen in the young German Shepherd Dogs, Rottweilers and Labrador Retrievers, but small breeds also can be affected. Although the exact cause of calcinosis circumscripta remains unknown, numerous causes and associated disorders have been suggested, which include:
- Administration of commercially available medroxy-progesterone acetate and the use of sutures with calcium chloride
- Vitamin D intoxication;
- Chronic kidney failure
- Nutritional myopathy.
Diagnosis is based on histological examination of affected tissue. The conventional treatment of calcinosis circumscripta involves surgical removal and is usually curative. In some cases, lesions have been observed to resolve on their own. An oral charcoal adsorbent (Kremezin) has been reported to be effective. Following this treatment, a significant decrease in the serum calcium level x the serum phosphorus level is observed, and dogs improve dramatically.1
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